For the 1996-97 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter, as a condition of receiving funding pursuant to the Categorical Program Funding Restructuring Act of 1996, as enacted by Assembly Bill No. 2769 of the 1995-96 Regular Session, a school district shall maintain the same level of expenditures on reading specialists that it expended in the 1995-96 fiscal year, unless the governing board of the school district, at a public hearing, finds that the district has redirected the funds to a higher direct instruction or classroom priority or a more cost-effective and research based tutorial reading strategy will be employed to assist poor readers.
(Added by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1068, Sec. 2.)