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(a) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall award grants to school districts only for the highest quality proposals that demonstrate a clear understanding of a balanced, comprehensive reading instruction program based on current and confirmed research.

(b) A school district shall propose a project budget to carry out the proposed reading staff development. The minimum grant awarded shall be for no less than one thousand dollars ($1,000), and the maximum grant awarded to a school district shall not exceed twice the product determined by multiplying the result of paragraph (1) by the result of paragraph (2).

(1) The total amount of funding provided in the annual Budget Act or in any other act for the purposes of this chapter in any fiscal year divided by the number of pupils enrolled statewide in kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive, in that fiscal year.

(2) The number of pupils enrolled in the school district in kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive.

(c) For purposes of this section, the certified California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS) count from the fiscal year prior to the year for which the funds are appropriated shall be used to determine enrollment.

(d) This section shall become operative on July 1, 1998.

(Added by Stats. 1997, Ch. 825, Sec. 14.)


Education Code 44757.4