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AB-2033 Agricultural career technical education: grant funding.(2013-2014)

As Amends the Law Today

 The Legislature finds and declares as follows:
(a) California, as the leading agriculture producing state in the nation for over 60 years, has a compelling interest in ensuring that its school system supports and promotes the continued development of innovative and thoughtful agricultural leaders.
(b) The Agricultural Career Technical Education Incentive Program (Article 7.5 (commencing with Section 52460) of Chapter 9 of Part 28 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code) has given clear guidance and direction to school districts throughout California in developing and promoting high-quality program standards.
(c) The Agricultural Career Technical Education Incentive Program has provided financial incentives for school districts to embark on a systematic and sustained process for improving the delivery and effectiveness of agricultural education throughout California.
(d) The Future Farmers of America organization, which is integral to high school instruction, has long proven itself as an outstanding teaching strategy that promotes excellence in agricultural education for pupils throughout California. The goal of the California Future Farmers of America organization is to teach and promote premier leadership, personal growth, and career success among its members.
(e) The Future Farmers of America has a long and well-established tradition of providing meaningful, relevant leadership development experiences that have had a positive effect on the lives of thousands of pupils in their communities.
(f) California’s reputation for leadership in a variety of innovative and expanding science, technology, engineering, and agricultural industries has been made possible through the availability of well-trained and educated personnel.
(g) Cocurricular pupil leadership organizations enhance the classroom instruction process, provide opportunities to learn in a laboratory, and provide leadership training opportunities.

SEC. 2.

 Section 52461 of the Education Code is amended to read:

 The Superintendent of Public Instruction  shall award grants to applicant school districts which that  meet the following requirements:
(a) The school district shall contribute an amount of funds equal to the amount of the grant to the purchase or lease of equipment for use in agricultural career technical education programs.
(b) The school district shall certify to the Superintendent of Public Instruction  that the grant funds received and the matching funds contributed by the school  district shall be used solely for the purpose of purchasing or leasing equipment for use in agricultural career technical education programs.
(c) The school district shall demonstrate how the expenditure of the grant funds will be consistent with its local control and accountability plan adopted pursuant to Article 4.5 (commencing with Section 52060) of Chapter 6.1.

SEC. 3.

 Section 52463 is added to the Education Code, to read:

 (a) Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, the sum of four million one hundred thirty-four thousand dollars ($4,134,000) is hereby continuously appropriated from the General Fund to the department in each fiscal year beginning with the 2015–16 fiscal year, to be allocated for purposes of funding the Agricultural Career Technical Education Incentive Program established pursuant to this article.
(b) For purposes of making the computations required by Section 8 of Article XVI of the California Constitution, the funds appropriated pursuant to this section shall be deemed to be “General Fund revenues appropriated for school districts,” as defined in subdivision (c) of Section 41202, for the fiscal year in which the funds are appropriated, and included within the “total allocations to school districts and community college districts from General Fund proceeds of taxes appropriated pursuant to Article XIII B,” as defined in subdivision (e) of Section 41202, for the fiscal year in which the funds are appropriated.