Mathematics and Reading Professional Development Program
(a) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall notify local educational agencies that they are eligible to receive funding to provide instructional aides and paraprofessionals who directly assist with classroom instruction in mathematics or reading with professional development training in mathematics or reading, in an amount equal to one thousand dollars ($1,000) per qualifying instructional aide. Funding will be provided to local educational agencies on a first-come-first-served basis. A local educational agency that chooses to participate in the program is eligible to receive funding for no greater than the percentage calculated in accordance with provisions of an item of appropriation in the annual Budget Act for its instructional aides and paraprofessionals. However, the statewide total number of instructional aides and paraprofessionals who directly assist with classroom instruction in mathematics and reading served under this program may not exceed 9,600 over two consecutive fiscal years.
(b) Of the incentive provided pursuant to subdivision (a), a local educational agency may not use more than five hundred dollars ($500) of the amount per instructional aide or paraprofessional who directly assists with classroom instruction in mathematics or reading to provide an individual instructional aide stipend.
(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 524, Sec. 5.)