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Education Code - EDC

TITLE 2. ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION [33000 - 64100]

  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

DIVISION 4. INSTRUCTION AND SERVICES [46000 - 64100]

  ( Division 4 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

PART 28. GENERAL INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS [51000 - 53315]

  ( Part 28 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

CHAPTER 5. Authorized Classes and Courses of Instruction [51700 - 51879.9]

  ( Chapter 5 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

ARTICLE 1. Reading First Plan [51700 - 51702]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 730, Sec. 2. )

51700.
  

(a) There is hereby established the Reading First Plan to provide reading instruction to pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive, and to special education pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive.

(b) The plan shall be administered by the State Department of Education and shall be funded from moneys allocated pursuant to Title I of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (20 U.S.C. Sec. 6301 et seq.).

(c) The Reading First Plan submitted to the Secretary of Education pursuant to Title I of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (20 U.S.C. Sec. 6301 et seq.) shall do all of the following:

(1) (A) Authorize a local educational agency that meets all the requirements of Section 6362(c)(6) of Title 20 of the United States Code to be eligible for Reading First funding if pupils enrolled in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 3, inclusive, and special education pupils enrolled in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, are provided with standards-aligned textbooks or basic instructional materials aligned with the reading/language arts content standards pursuant to Section 60605 by the beginning of the first school term that commences no later than 24 months after those materials are adopted by the State Board of Education.

(B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), a class operating pursuant to Section 310 may use primary language materials in alternate formats adopted by the State Board of Education for purposes of participating in a program funded pursuant to this article.

(2) Authorize a local educational agency to use scientifically based reading research supplemental instructional materials for pupils enrolled in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 3, inclusive, and special education pupils enrolled in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, that are aligned with the reading/language arts content standards adopted pursuant to Section 60605. The local educational agency shall provide an explanation in its application of how its use of these supplemental instructional materials support the reading/language arts instructional materials adopted by the State Board of Education for pupils enrolled in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 3, inclusive, and special education pupils enrolled in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive.

(3) Authorize an eligible local educational agency to receive a grant in the amount of up to six thousand five hundred dollars ($6,500) per teacher in kindergarten or in any of grades 1 to 3, inclusive, unless otherwise required pursuant to Section 6362(c)(2)(A) of Title 20 of the United States Code. In addition, to the extent that a local educational agency needs additional funding consistent with the maximum amount allowable under the federal No Child Left Behind Act (20 U.S.C. Sec. 6301 et. seq.), authorize the local educational agency to submit a plan justifying that need to the State Department of Education and the Department of Finance for their joint approval. A grant awarded pursuant to this paragraph shall be used to enhance reading instruction, including, but not limited to, the following purposes:

(A) Purchasing and implementing scientifically based reading research instructional and supplemental materials in reading language arts, pursuant to requirements specified in the Reading First Plan and paragraph (2).

(B) Participating in professional development in reading and language arts, pursuant to requirements specified in the Reading First Plan. A Reading First funded agency may not claim funding for teachers of kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 3, inclusive, or teachers of special education pupils for the Mathematics and Reading Professional Development Program established pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section 99230) of Chapter 5 of Part 65.

(C) Hiring reading coaches or reading content experts, or both.

(D) Purchasing reading and language arts assessments.

(E) Other purposes, as specified in Section 6362(c)(7) of Title 20 of the United States Code.

(d) The State Department of Education and the State Board of Education may not develop or implement requirements or criteria that make a local educational agency ineligible for funding pursuant to this section because the local educational agency provides primary language instruction and comprehensive English language development instruction to English learners in alternative classrooms, as authorized pursuant to Sections 310 and 311.

(e) A local educational agency shall submit an expenditure plan as part of its Reading First application that includes details about how it is going to use its funding.

(Amended by Stats. 2003, Ch. 773, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2004.)

51701.
  

The State Board of Education shall amend California’s Reading First Plan to do all of the following:

(a) Authorize a local educational agency operating a program pursuant to Section 310 to apply for funding under Title 1 of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (U.S.C. Sec. 6301 et seq.).

(b) Specify that first priority for the allocation of increased Reading First funds available during the 2003–04 fiscal year be given to classrooms that meet all of the following criteria:

(1) Have not received funding under the Reading First Plan.

(2) Operate programs pursuant to Section 310.

(3) Are located in previously approved Reading First local educational agencies.

(c) Specify that second priority for the allocation of increased Reading First funds available during the 2003–04 fiscal year be given to local educational agencies that operate programs pursuant to Section 310 and that meet other program requirements, as detailed in the revised Reading First Plan.

(d) Provide a process whereby professional development providers that have expertise in addressing the needs of classrooms operating pursuant to Section 310 and using alternate formats adopted by the State Board of Education will be approved as Reading First providers.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 773, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2004.)

51701.5.
  

The State Board of Education shall determine if a demand exists for scientifically based instructional materials that are aligned with the reading/language arts content standards pursuant to Section 60605 for languages other than Spanish and English in classrooms operating pursuant to Section 310 that apply for Reading First funds. If a demand exists, the State Board of Education shall explore ways to meet that demand, including, but not limited to, alternate format adoptions.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 773, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2004.)

51702.
  

Of the federal funds appropriated in Item 6110-126-0890 of Section 2.00 of the annual Budget Act for the Reading First Plan, up to six million six hundred thousand dollars ($6,600,000) may be allocated annually in the following manner:

(a) The sum of five million dollars ($5,000,000) to the reading implementation centers, as identified in the Reading First Plan, to provide technical assistance to local educational agencies for the purpose of enhancing reading instruction. The amount of funding that each reading implementation center receives shall be contingent upon an expenditure plan being submitted to, and reviewed by, the State Department of Education, and being approved by the State Board of Education.

(b) The sum of one million three hundred fifty thousand dollars ($1,350,000) to the six regional lead agencies established pursuant to Section 51871 for startup costs and to increase capacity in order to become a reading implementation center. The six regional lead agencies need not be identified in the Reading First Plan.

(c) The sum of two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) to be used for all of the following in accordance with the Reading First Plan:

(1) Developing materials and assessments for training teachers.

(2) Ensuring that professional development for teachers and instruction for pupils is consistent in quality and delivery.

(3) Providing assistance to local educational agencies to startup reading implementation centers.

(Added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 730, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2003.)

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