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Class Size Reduction Program Application   

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(a) A school district applying to implement the Class Size Reduction Program in additional classes in the 2000-01 and 2001-02 school years may request that a portion of the maximum operating funds for which the school district would be eligible if it fully reduced class size in kindergarten and in grades 1 to 3, inclusive, pursuant to subparagraph (A) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 52122, be used for facilities-related costs necessary for new classes established under this program beyond those established in the prior school year.

(b) For the 2000-01 school year, an application made pursuant to this section, the form of which shall be developed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction not later than April 1, 2001, shall be submitted by each school district that elects to apply for funding under this section not later than June 1, 2001, and shall include certification by the governing board of the school district that, in the school year for which the application is being submitted, the school district can show one of the following:

(1) In the 1996-97 fiscal year, the school district received funding for the Class Size Reduction Facilities Funding Program pursuant to Chapter 19 (commencing with Section 17200) of Part 10.

(2) The school district is qualified as of the date of the application for new construction funding under the Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998 (Chapter 12.5 (commencing with Section 17070.10) of Part 10) on a districtwide basis or for the relevant school attendance area, as defined in Section 17070.15, or the district is eligible to receive growth funding from another statewide school construction program.

(3) The school district has insufficient classroom space to house all the new classes that need to be established in order for the district to participate in the Class Size Reduction Program contained in this chapter, as demonstrated through the eligibility calculation specified in Section 17203, as that section read on January 1, 1999, that shall be certified by the governing board of the school district, adjusted to exclude new teaching stations established in the school year for which the application is being submitted for this program.

(c) School districts requesting funds for facilities pursuant to this section are eligible to receive forty thousand dollars ($40,000) for each new teaching station that is needed to be established for the purpose of expanding the Class Size Reduction Program in the 2000-01 school year beyond the number of new classes established in the prior school year pursuant to subparagraph (A) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 52122.

(1) The maximum amount of funds a school district may receive for both operation funds, pursuant to subparagraphs (A) and (B) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 52122, and facility funds provided by this section, is limited to the number of pupils in kindergarten through grades 1 to 3, inclusive, multiplied by the Option One stipend specified in Section 52126.

(2) The maximum apportionment for facilities-related costs available to a school district under this section shall be calculated as follows:

(A) Multiply the district's certified enrollment in kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive, as of October of the previous school year by the per pupil stipend established by subdivision (a) of Section 52126 for the school year for the year in which the application is being submitted.

(B) Subtract from the amount determined in subparagraph (A) the product of the number of pupils the district certifies are in a class that satisfies the provisions of subparagraph (A) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 52122 during the school year for the year in which the application is being submitted times the per pupil stipend for the school year in subdivisions (a) and (c) of Section 52126 for which the application is being submitted.

(C) Subtract from the amount determined in subparagraph (B) the product of the number of pupils the district certifies are in a class that satisfies the provisions of subparagraph (B) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 52122 during the school year for the year in which the application is being submitted times the per pupil stipend in subdivisions (b) and (d) of Section 52126 for which the application is being submitted.

(D) In no case shall a district receive facilities funding of more than forty thousand dollars ($40,000) per new class that is needed to expand the Class Size Reduction Program during the school year for which the application is being submitted.

(3) If, by June 30, of the year in which a facilities grant has been requested, or by a later date specified in a statute, the State Department of Education determines that the school district was eligible to receive facilities grants in excess of the number of facilities grants actually received, the department may award additional grants to the school district, to the extent that the funds are available for this purpose. To determine if funds are available to a school district for this purpose, the department shall use the calculations in subparagraphs (A) to (D), inclusive, of paragraph (2), but adjusted for actual implementation of the Class Size Reduction Program and yearend enrollment.

(d) For the 2001-02 school year, an application made pursuant to this section, the form of which shall be developed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction not later than 30 days after the Budget Act of 2001 is chaptered, shall be submitted by each school district that elects to apply for funding under this section not later than 90 days after the Budget Act of 2001 is chaptered and shall include certification by the governing board of the school district that in the 2001-02 school year, the school district can show one of the following:

(1) In the 1996-97 fiscal year, the school district received funding for the Class Size Reduction Facilities Funding Program pursuant to Chapter 19 (commencing with Section 17200) of Part 10.

(2) The school district is qualified as of the date of the application for new construction funding under the Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998 (Chapter 12.5 (commencing with Section 17070.10) of Part 10) on a districtwide basis or for the relevant school attendance area, as defined in Section 17070.15, or the district is eligible to receive growth funding from another statewide school construction program.

(3) The school district has insufficient classroom space to house all the new classes that need to be established in order for the district to participate in the Class Size Reduction Program contained in this chapter, as demonstrated through the eligibility calculation specified in Section 17203 as that section read on January 1, 1999, that shall be certified by the governing board of the school district, adjusted to exclude new teaching stations established in the school year for which the application is being submitted for this program.

(e) School districts requesting funds for facilities pursuant to this section for the 2001-02 school year are eligible to receive forty thousand dollars ($40,000) for each new teaching station that is needed to be established for the purpose of expanding the Class Size Reduction Program in the 2001-02 school year beyond the number of new classes established in the prior school year pursuant to subparagraph (A) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 52122.

(1) The maximum initial amount of funds a school district may receive for both operation funds, pursuant to subparagraphs (A) and (B) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 52122, and facility funds provided by this section, is limited to the number of pupils in kindergarten through grades 1 to 3, inclusive, multiplied by the Option One stipend specified in Section 52126.

(2) The maximum initial apportionment for facilities-related costs available to a school district under this section shall be calculated as follows:

(A) Multiply the district's certified enrollment in kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive, as of October of the previous school year by the per pupil stipend established by subdivision (a) of Section 52126 for the school year for the year in which the application is being submitted.

(B) Subtract from the amount determined in subparagraph (A) the product of the number of pupils the district certifies will be in a class which satisfies the provisions of subparagraph (A) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 52122 during the school year for the year in which the application is being submitted times the per pupil stipend for the school year in subdivisions (a) and (c) of Section 52126 for which the application is being submitted.

(C) Subtract from the amount determined in subparagraph (B) the product of the number of pupils the district certifies will be in a class that satisfies the provisions of subparagraph (B) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 52122 during the school year for the year in which the application is being submitted times the per pupil stipend in subdivisions (b) and (d) of Section 52126 for which the application is being submitted.

(D) In no case shall a district receive facilities funding of more than forty thousand dollars ($40,000) per new class that is needed to expand the Class Size Reduction Program during the school year for which the application is being submitted.

(3) If, by June 30 of the year in which a facilities grant has been requested, or by a later date specified in a statute, the State Department of Education determines that the school district was eligible to receive facilities grants in excess of the number of facilities grants actually received, the department may award additional grants to the school district, to the extent that the funds are available for this purpose. To determine if funds are available to a school district for this purpose, the department shall use the calculations in subparagraphs (A) to (D), inclusive, of paragraph (2), but adjusted for actual implementation of the Class Size Reduction Program and yearend enrollment.

(f) The funds allocated pursuant to this section shall be considered to be a loan to the school district receiving the funds. The following loan repayment provisions shall apply to all allocations made pursuant to this section:

(1) If the school district is eligible to receive grants pursuant to the provisions of subparagraph (A) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 52122 for the 2000-01 or 2001-02 school year and has satisfied all requirements to receive these funds in the 2000-01 or 2001-02 school year, for all classes for which it received facilities funding pursuant to this section, as determined by the State Department of Education, the school district shall not be required to repay the loan.

(2) If a school district receives funding pursuant to this section, but has not satisfied the requirements of paragraph (1) for all classes for which it received facilities funds, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall notify the Controller and school district in writing, and the Controller shall deduct an amount equal to the portion of the total loan amount received by the school district under this subdivision for the classes that the school district failed to reduce the size to 20 or fewer pupils pursuant to the provisions of subparagraph (A) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 52122, from the school district's next principal apportionment or apportionments of state funds to the school district, other than basic aid apportionments required by Section 6 of Article IX of the California Constitution.

(g) Funds allocated to school districts pursuant to this section shall be expended solely for the purpose of facilities-related costs associated with the implementation of the Class Size Reduction Program contained in this chapter.

(h) Funds shall not be allocated to school districts pursuant to this section for the purpose of assisting school districts in implementing Option Two, as set forth in paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 52122.

(i) Nothing in this section shall be construed as precluding school districts from fully implementing class size reduction in kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive.

(j) It is the intent of the Legislature that, for each new teaching station a school district establishes for the purpose of class size reduction for which the school district did not receive a facilities grant under this section or any previous appropriation for this purpose, the school district shall be eligible for facilities funding from any state general obligation bond measure approved for that purpose.

(k) For purposes of this section, any reference to school districts shall be deemed to include any charter school.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 749, Sec. 1.)