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(a) A school district may, after reviewing advice from the district parent advisory council established under Section 4423, use a portion of its EIA funds to satisfy the requirements of subsection (b) of this section.

(b) Notwithstanding any provision of Chapters 5, 6, or 7 of this division a school district may use a portion of its EIA funds and/or local funds to meet the needs of educationally disadvantaged students by improving the entire educational program in a school in which not less than 75 percent of the students are educationally disadvantaged (in accordance with criteria used by the school district to satisfy the requirements of Section 4415) if the requirements of subsection (c) are met.

(c) A school may be designated for a schoolwide program under subsection (b) if:

(1) A plan has been developed meeting the requirements of 20 U.S.C. 2753(b) (1), (2), (3), (5), and (6);

(2) The plan has been approved by the school advisory council established under Section 4423;

(3) In the case of a school district in which there are one or more schools described in subsection (b) and there are also one or more other participating schools, the local educational agency makes EIA funds available for children in such schools described in subsection (b) in amounts which, per educationally disadvantaged child served, equal or exceed the amount of such funds made available per educationally disadvantaged child served in such other schools;

(4) EIA funds may be provided to such schools in amounts which, per child served who is not educationally disadvantaged, equal the amount of funds provided under this section which, per educationally disadvantaged child served, are made available for children in such schools; and

(5) The average per-pupil expenditure in schools described in subsection (b) (excluding amounts expended under this section) for the fiscal year in which the plan is to be carried out will not be less than such expenditure in such schools in the previous fiscal year.

(d) The Superintendent of Public Instruction may approve the plan of any local educational agency for a schoolwide program if that plan meets the requirements of subsection (c).

(e) For any school with an approved plan under this section, the local school district shall be relieved of requirements with respect to:

(1) Maintaining separate accounting records for each funding source,

(2) Identifying particular students as being eligible to participate, and

(3) Demonstrating that services provided from those funding sources are supplementary to the base program. The local district shall, however, demonstrate that the services provided in such schools are substantially greater than services furnished to schools without funding and shall meet all other school plan requirements contained in law and regulations.

Authority Cited:

Education Code 54004-54005


United States Code, Title 20, Section 2753