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SB-837 Early childhood education: professional development.(2013-2014)



SECTION 1.
 (a) Of the moneys appropriated in Item 6110-196-0001 of the Budget Act of 2014, the sum of fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000) shall be allocated to the State Department of Education to be used to fund professional development stipends for teachers, to be administered by local planning councils established pursuant to Chapter 2.3 (commencing with Section 8499) of the Education Code. The funds shall be allocated as follows:
(1) (A) First priority shall be for professional development stipends for transitional kindergarten teachers.
(B) For purposes of this paragraph, professional development stipends shall include, but shall not be limited to,
stipends for credentialed teachers to complete at least 24 units in early childhood education or childhood development, or a combination of both, pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (g) of Section 48000 of the Education Code.
(2) Second priority shall be for professional development stipends for teachers in the California state preschool program, pursuant to Article 7 (commencing with Section 8235) of Chapter 2 of Part 6 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code for the costs of credit bearing coursework in early childhood education, child development, or both.
(b) Of the moneys appropriated in Item 6110-196-0001 of the Budget Act of 2014, the sum of ten million dollars ($10,000,000) shall be allocated to the State Department of Education to be used for other professional development projects, not described in subdivision (a), for transitional kindergarten and California state preschool program teachers, as determined by the department, including, but not limited to, professional development that strengthens teacher knowledge of the California Preschool Learning Foundations, as developed by the department.
(c) The State Department of Education shall consult with the California Community Colleges, the California State University, resource and referral programs, the California Children and Families Commission, local planning councils, school administrators, and teachers in administering this section.
(d) For purposes of making the computations required by Section 8 of Article XVI of the California Constitution, the allocations for professional development activities pursuant to this section are “General Fund revenues appropriated for school districts,” as defined in subdivision (c) of Section 41202 of the Education Code, for the 2014–15 fiscal year, 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 of the Education Code, for that fiscal year.
SEC. 2.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.