Any person who has completed at least 60 units of collegiate work and who has lived or worked extensively in areas of high concentrations of low-income families, or is a member of a minority racial or ethnic group who has lived and worked extensively in low-income areas, shall be eligible to be selected to participate in the program prescribed in this article. An intern shall be selected allocate no less than four thousand dollars ($4,000) to provide each qualified mentor with an additional annual stipend over and above the regular salary to which he or she is entitled. The amount of the annual stipend shall be four thousand dollars ($4,000) for a full school year of service as a mentor, or a pro rata share of that amount for less than a full school year of service as a mentor, except that participating school districts which receive funding pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 44492 shall allocate the full amount so received to provide a qualified mentor with an additional annual stipend over and above the regular salary to which he or she is entitled. This stipend shall not be counted as salary or wages for purposes of calculating employer contribution rates or employee benefits under the State Teachers' Retirement System.
(b) A mentor may propose that the district allocate all or part of the stipend for his or her professional growth or release time.
(c) The governing board may designate certificated employees as mentor teachers pursuant to Section 44491 and pay these persons the additional annual stipend authorized under subdivision (a) for a period not to exceed three consecutive school years. Upon completing three years as a mentor teacher, an individual may be reviewed and renominated.
(d) The subject of participation by a school district or an individual certificated classroom teacher in a mentor teacher program shall not be included within the scope of representation in collective bargaining among a public school employer and eligible employee organizations.
(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1302, Sec. 13.)
Education Code 44491
Education Code 44492