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A school district's application for funding to implement a program pursuant to this chapter shall include the district's certification of each of the following items as a condition to receiving any apportionment under Section 52126:

(a) Certification of the number of classes in each eligible grade level selected for a class size reduction apportionment pursuant to this chapter.

(b) Certification of pupil enrollment, as of October of the previous calendar year, in each class selected for class size reduction pursuant to subdivision (a). Classes comprised of special education pupils enrolled in special day classes on a full-time basis shall not be included in this program. School districts may not claim funding pursuant to this chapter for any pupil who is enrolled in independent study pursuant to Article 5.5 (commencing with Section 51745) of Chapter 5 of Part 28 for the full regular schoolday nor may school districts claim funding pursuant to this chapter for any pupil for any portion of the full regular day that the pupil is enrolled in independent study pursuant to that article. Charter schools may not claim funding pursuant to this chapter for any pupil who is enrolled in a program of home study for the full regular schoolday nor may charter schools claim funding for any pupil for any portion of the full regular schoolday that the pupil is enrolled in a program of home study.

(c) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), certification that a certificated teacher has been hired by the school district and is providing direct instructional services to each class selected for class size reduction pursuant to this chapter and that there are not more than 20 pupils per each class.

(2) In a school district that applies for funding pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 52122, certification of all of the following:

(A) A certificated teacher has been hired by the school district and is providing direct instructional services to each class selected for class size reduction pursuant to this chapter.

(B) The ratio of pupils to teacher does not exceed the 20 to 1 standard ratio by more than two pupils.

(3) For the purposes of this subdivision, "class" shall be defined in the same manner as provided in the regulations adopted by the Superintendent of Public Instruction prior to July 1, 1996, pursuant to Sections 41376 and 41378 (subdivision (a) of Section 15103 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations).

(d) Certification that the school district has a staff development program pursuant to Section 52127 and that the program has been approved by the governing board of the school district.

(e) Certification that the school district will collect and maintain any data required by the Superintendent of Public Instruction that will aid in the evaluation of the Class Size Reduction Program. The data shall include, but not be limited to, individual test scores or other records of pupil achievement. Any data collected shall be protected in a manner that will not permit the personal identification of any pupil or parent.

(f) Commencing with the 1998-99 school year and each school year thereafter, certification that each class reduced pursuant to this chapter is housed in either a separate, self-contained classroom or that the space of each class for each grade level at that schoolsite provides a square footage per pupil enrolled in each class that is not less than the average square footage per pupil enrolled in those grade levels at that schoolsite in the 1995-96 school year.

(Amended by Stats 2000, Ch. 743, Sec. 2)

Reference:

Education Code 41376

Education Code 41978

Education Code 51745

Education Code 52122

Education Code 52126

Education Code 52127

5 CCR 15103