Code Section Group

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 9. Career Technical Education [52300 - 52462]

  ( Heading of Chapter 9 amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 1058, Sec. 45. )

ARTICLE 1. Regional Occupational Centers [52300 - 52334.7]
  ( Article 1 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

52300.
  

In enacting this article, it is the intent of the Legislature to provide qualified students with the opportunity to attend a technical school or enroll in a career technical or technical training program, regardless of the geographical location of their residence in a county or region. The Legislature hereby declares that a regional occupational center will serve the state and national interests in providing career technical and technical education to prepare students for an increasingly technological society in which generalized training and skills are insufficient to prepare high school students and graduates, and out-of-school youth and adults for the many employment opportunities which require special or technical training and skills. The Legislature also declares that regional occupational centers will enable a broader curriculum in technical subjects to be offered, and will avoid unnecessary duplication of courses and expensive training equipment, and will provide a flexibility in operation which will facilitate rapid program adjustments and meeting changing training needs as they arise.

It is recognized by the Legislature that career technical programs may achieve great flexibility of planning, scope and operation by the conduct of these programs in a variety of physical facilities at various training locations.

It is the further intent of the Legislature that regional occupational centers and programs provide career technical and occupational instruction related to the attainment of skills so that trainees are prepared for gainful employment in the area for which training was provided, or are upgraded so they have the higher level skills required because of new and changing technologies or so that they are prepared for enrollment in more advanced training programs.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 1058, Sec. 46. Effective January 1, 2001.)

52301.
  

(a) (1) The county superintendent of schools of each county, with the consent of the state board, may establish and maintain, or with one or more counties may establish and maintain, a regional occupational center, or regional occupational program, in the county to provide education and training in career technical courses. The governing boards of any school districts maintaining high schools in the county may, with the consent of the state board and of the county superintendent of schools, cooperate in the establishment and maintenance of a regional occupational center or program, except that if a school district also maintains 500 or more schools, its governing board may establish and maintain one or more regional occupational centers or programs, without those restrictions. A regional occupational center or program may be established by two or more school districts maintaining high schools through the use of the staff and facilities of a community college or community colleges serving the same geographic area as the school districts maintaining the high schools, with the consent of the state board and the county superintendent of schools.

(2) The establishment and maintenance of a regional occupational center or program, by two or more school districts may be undertaken pursuant to Article 1 (commencing with Section 6500) of Chapter 5 of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code. In a regional occupational center or program, the functions of the county auditor undertaken pursuant to Article 1 (commencing with Section 6500) of Chapter 5 of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code shall be performed by the county superintendent of schools in a county in which the board of supervisors has transferred educational functions from the county auditor to the county superintendent of schools pursuant to Sections 42649, as added by Chapter 533 of the Statutes of 1977, and 85265.5. If a school district or school districts establish and maintain a regional occupational center or program, pursuant to this chapter, the county superintendent of schools may, with the consent of the state board, establish and maintain a separate regional occupational center or centers or program or programs.

(b) Notwithstanding other provisions of this section, a single school district located in a class 1 county, as defined in Section 1205, and having an average daily attendance of 50,000 or more, or a single school district located in a class 2 county, as defined in Section 1205, and having an average daily attendance of 100,000 or more, may apply to the state board through the county superintendent of schools for permission to establish a regional occupational center or program. Except as provided in subdivision (c), the state board shall, within 90 days of receipt of an application, prescribe a procedure whereby the school district may establish a center or program in accordance with its application and in compliance with the provisions of the State Plan for Career Technical Education. The county superintendent of schools may supervise establishment of the center or program.

(c) (1) The state board may disapprove a waiver application submitted by a single school district pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section 33050) of Chapter 1 of Part 20 for permission to establish a regional occupational center or program which does not meet the requirements of this section if the state board determines that the establishment of the center or program would have an adverse effect upon existing regional occupational centers or programs located in school districts which are contiguous to the applicant school district.

(2) The state board shall establish criteria to measure adverse effect. The criteria shall include, but not be limited to, hardship on (A) school districts operating regional occupational centers or programs which are contiguous to the applicant school district and (B) students of school districts operating regional occupational centers or programs that are contiguous to the applicant school district.

(d) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any regional occupational center or program operated by a single school district under Section 33050 shall be granted permanent status if the single school district has previously been granted two waivers from the state board to operate a single school district regional occupational center or program and the single school district maintains at least three but not more than five comprehensive high schools within the school district. The revenue limit for a regional occupational center or program established under this subdivision shall be the lower of either: (1) the revenue limit under which the center or program operates as of January 1, 1985, or (2) the revenue limit of the school district as of January 1, 1985, except that this revenue limit shall be subject to annual percentage cost-of-living adjustments provided for regional occupational centers and programs. The governing board of the school district shall retain authority to decide whether or not to operate the regional occupational center or program under this subdivision.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 572, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2007.)

52301.3.
  

Notwithstanding subdivision (d) of Section 52301, the State Board of Education may grant permanent status to the Kern Union High School District to operate a single district regional occupational center or program, if that status is requested in writing by the county superintendent of schools of Kern County and the governing board of the Kern Union High School District.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 762, Sec. 2.)

52301.5.
  

For the purposes of this chapter:

(a) “California Occupational Information System” means the statewide comprehensive labor market and occupational supply and demand information system described by Section 10530 of the Unemployment Insurance Code.

(b) “State-Local Cooperative Labor Market Information program” means that labor market information system established in Section 10533 of the Unemployment Insurance Code.

(c) “Job market study” means a review of the existing educational programs in light of available labor market information, including occupational supply and demand, for a labor market area.

(d) “Labor market area” means a county or aggregation of counties designated by the Employment Development Department that has one or more central core cities and that meets criteria of population, population density, commute patterns, and social and economic integration specified by the Employment Development Department.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 208, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2006.)

52302.
  

(a) On or before July 1, 2010, the governing board of each regional occupational center or program shall ensure that at least 90 percent of all state-funded courses offered by the center or program, in occupational areas in which both the program or center and the community college offer instruction, are part of occupational course sequences that target comprehensive skills. Each occupational sequence shall do all of the following:

(1) Result in an occupational skill certificate developed in cooperation with the appropriate employer advisory board created under Section 52302.2.

(2) Provide prerequisite courses that are needed to enter apprenticeship or postsecondary vocational certificate or degree programs. Where possible, sequenced courses shall be linked to certificate and degree programs in the region.

(3) Focus on occupations requiring comprehensive skills leading to high entry-level wages or the possibility of significant wage increases after a few years on the job, or both.

(4) Offer as many courses as possible that have been approved by the University of California as courses meeting the “A-G” admissions requirements.

(b) (1) On or before July 1, 2008, the governing board of each regional occupational center or program shall develop a plan for establishing sequences of courses, and certify to the department, that those sequences have been developed, as described in subdivision (a). The board shall consult with the superintendents of the school districts served by the center or program and presidents of community colleges in the area during the development of the plan.

(2) The plan shall be presented at a public hearing by the governing board of each school district served by the regional occupational center or program and by the county board of education.

(3) Community college boards with identified articulated programs shall also review the plans in a public session.

(4) In developing the plan, each regional occupational program or center shall consult with school districts and community college districts located within the region served by the program or center and with the relevant occupational advisers and local workforce investment board to ensure the plan meets the vocational education needs of high school pupils in the region by providing sequences of courses that begin with middle or high school introductory courses, including, but not limited to, occupational skill courses provided by high schools or regional occupational programs or centers.

(5) The plan shall maximize the use of local, state, and federal resources in helping high school pupils enter comprehensive skill occupations or apprenticeship programs, or continue education in college, or all of these, after graduating from high school.

(6) The plan shall include strategies for filling gaps in courses or other services needed to make the sequences effective in meeting the needs of pupils in developing skills and attending community college upon graduation from high school.

(7) Each center or program shall submit a copy of the approved plan to the appropriate community college or colleges in the region and the Superintendent on or before September 1, 2008. Every four years after this date, on or before July 1, each center and program shall submit an update to the plan to the local community college or colleges and the Superintendent.

(c) As a condition of receiving federal funds provided under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act of 1998 (20 U.S.C. Sec. 2301 et seq.), or a successor of that act, and to the extent permitted by federal law, school districts, regional occupational centers or programs, and community college districts shall do all of the following:

(1) Develop course sequences that meet the requirements of this section according to the schedule set forth in this paragraph.

(A) On or before July 1, 2008, school districts, regional occupational centers or programs, and community college districts shall have adopted an approved plan as required under this section.

(B) On or before July 1, 2009, school districts, regional occupational centers or programs, and community college districts shall have established course sequences as required under this section that include at least one-third of the courses offered by the regional occupational center or program in occupational areas in which both the program or center and the community college offer instruction.

(C) On or before July 1, 2010, school districts, regional occupational centers or programs, and community college districts shall have established course sequences as required under this section that include at least two-thirds of the courses offered by the regional occupational center or program in occupational areas in which both the program or center and the community college offer instruction.

(2) Provide pupils who are participating in vocational sequences with information and experiences designed to increase their postgraduation work and school options, including, but not limited to, all of the following:

(A) Information about the admissions requirements of the University of California and California State University.

(B) Information about the placement requirements of the local community college or colleges.

(C) Information about higher education options related to the interests of the pupil.

(D) Encourage visits to local colleges and universities offering programs that allow pupils to gain additional skills and degrees in related occupations.

(E) Information and referrals to employers for internships, summer employment opportunities, and employment after graduation from high school.

(3) School districts, regional occupational centers or programs, and community college districts that do not develop course sequences on or before the dates established under this subdivision, and have not received a waiver under subdivision (d), shall enter into a corrective action plan with the department and shall meet any timelines established by the Superintendent.

(d) (1) The department, with the assistance of the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, shall meet with each program or center and the community college or colleges in the region no later than the 2009–10 fiscal year to validate that course sequences meeting the requirements of this section have been developed. These meetings shall be conducted using the existing resources of the department and shall be consistent with the standards developed pursuant to Section 51226.

(2) The department and the office of the chancellor shall provide technical assistance to programs or centers and community colleges that have developed articulated sequences for less than half of the courses offered by the program or center.

(3) The Superintendent may waive the requirements of subdivision (a) for programs or centers and community colleges located in rural areas of the state if the Superintendent finds that development of sequences is infeasible because of the distance, travel time, or safety between the center or program and the community college.

(Amended by Stats. 2008, Ch. 223, Sec. 10. Effective January 1, 2009.)

52302.2.
  

(a) The governing board of each regional occupational center or program shall establish and maintain an employer advisory board or boards pursuant to guidelines developed by the department. The advisory board shall do all of the following:

(1) Assist in the development of skill certificates that identify the skills and knowledge that pupils completing an occupational course sequence are expected to acquire upon completing the sequence. The advisory board also shall recommend the measures and criteria, and methods to evaluate whether pupils actually acquired the identified skills and knowledge.

(2) Review at least once a year whether pupils who are assessed as having met the requirements for a skill certificate possess the skills needed for success in employment in that occupation.

(3) Review the specific occupational sequences offered by the regional occupational center or program to train pupils for jobs that are in demand and offer high beginning salaries or the potential for significant wage increase after several years on the job.

(4) Assist the regional occupational center or program in developing internships, paid summer employment, and postgraduation employment opportunities for pupils participating in the course sequences.

(5) Assist the regional occupational center or program in identifying and creating college scholarships for pupils participating in the course sequences.

(b) Employer advisory boards shall be composed of representatives of trade organizations and businesses or government agencies that hire a significant number of employees each year and require the skills and knowledge that are taught in the course sequence or sequences in that occupational area, as well as at least one representative from a school district career technical educational advisory committee. The department shall develop regulations guiding the establishment of these boards.

(c) Regional occupational centers or programs operated in a rural county of the sixth, seventh, or eighth class may designate a local business or industry organization as the advisory board and consult with the leadership of the local business or industry organization to determine skill needs in the region and emerging job market needs. For purposes of this section, the local business organization may be designated as the advisory board for the regional occupational center or program.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 58, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2010.)

52302.3.
  

(a) Every career technical course or program offered by a school district or districts or county superintendent or superintendents sponsoring a regional occupational center or program shall be reviewed every two years by the appropriate governing body to assure that each course or program does all of the following:

(1) Meets a documented labor market demand.

(2) Does not represent unnecessary duplication of other job skills training programs in the area.

(3) Is of demonstrated effectiveness as measured by the employment and completion success of its pupils.

(b) Any course or program that does not meet the requirements of subdivision (a) and the standards promulgated by the governing body shall be terminated within one year.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 572, Sec. 6. Effective January 1, 2007.)

52302.5.
  

A regional occupational center or regional occupational program shall do all of the following:

(a) Provide individual counseling and guidance in career technical matters.

(b) Provide a curriculum that includes a sequence of academic and skill instruction in specific occupational fields leading to an approved skill certificate and vocational degree, apprenticeship, or postsecondary certificate program pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 52302, or provide an opportunity for pupils to acquire entry-level career technical skills.

(c) Maintain a pupil-teacher ratio which will enable pupils to achieve optimum benefits from the instructional program.

(d) Assign the highest priority in services to youth from the age of 16 to 18 years, inclusive.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 572, Sec. 7. Effective January 1, 2007.)

52302.8.
  

(a) The Legislature hereby finds and declares that vocational training resources that are provided through regional occupational centers and programs are an essential component of the state’s secondary school system and the local system of providing occupational skills training to high school pupils. For this reason, the Legislature finds and declares that these resources should be focused primarily on the needs of pupils enrolled in high school.

(b) For the 2008–09 fiscal year, a regional occupational center or program may claim no more than 50 percent of the state-funded average daily attendance for which the center or program is eligible, for services provided to students who are not enrolled in grades 9 to 12, inclusive.

(c) For the 2009–10 fiscal year, a regional occupational center or program may claim no more than 30 percent of the state-funded average daily attendance for which the center or program is eligible, for services provided to students who are not enrolled in grades 9 to 12, inclusive.

(d) For the 2011–12 fiscal year and every fiscal year thereafter, a regional occupational center or program may claim no more than 10 percent of the state-funded average daily attendance for which the center or program is eligible, for services provided to students who are not enrolled in grades 9 to 12, inclusive, and up to an additional 5 percent for CalWORKs, Temporary Assistance Program, or Job Corps participants and participants under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C. Sec. 3101 et seq.) who are enrolled in Intensive Training services.

(e) Pupils who are CalWORKs, Temporary Assistance Program, or Job Corps participants shall have priority for service within the percentage limits established under subdivision (d).

(f) Notwithstanding subdivision (d), a regional occupational center or program may claim more than 15 percent of its average daily attendance for students who are not enrolled in grades 9 to 12, inclusive, if all of the students who are not enrolled in grades 9 to 12, inclusive, are CalWORKs, Temporary Assistance Program, or Job Corps participants, and if the governing board of the regional occupational center or program does all of the following:

(1) Meets with local human services directors, and representatives of adult education programs, community colleges and other institutions of higher education, to assess the needs of CalWORKs, Temporary Assistance Program, or, Job Corps and federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act participants to identify alternative ways to meet the needs of these adult students.

(2) Enters into a transition plan, approved by the Superintendent, to become in compliance with subdivision (d) in accordance with benchmarks and timelines established in the transition plan. Transition plans shall be established pursuant to guidelines issued by the department, in consultation with the State Department of Social Services, and shall be resubmitted and reviewed annually.

(g) Notwithstanding subdivisions (b), (c), and (d), a regional occupational center or program that claims more than 40 percent of its students are not enrolled in grades 9 to 12, inclusive, on January 1, 2007, shall submit a letter to the Superintendent by July 1 of each year until it complies with this subdivision, outlining the goals of the regional occupational center or program to reduce the number of adult students in order to comply with subdivision (d) on or before July 1, 2013.

(h) Regional occupational centers and programs operated in a rural county of the sixth, seventh, or eighth class may exceed the number of adults by an additional 10 percent of the limits established in subdivisions (b), (c), and (d).

(i) (1) For purposes of this calculation, adult average daily attendance attributable to continuously enrolled grade 12 pupils who have not passed the high school exit examination pursuant to Section 60851 is excluded from the calculation under this section. Amounts that may become available from reductions resulting from the enactment of this section shall be redirected to other regional occupational centers or programs to serve additional secondary pupils.

(2) Adult average daily attendance funding for a regional occupational center or program that has entered into a corrective action plan pursuant to subdivision (k) shall not be redirected to other regional occupational centers or programs to serve additional secondary pupils for up to three years while the regional occupational center or program is in corrective action.

(j) The governing boards of a community college district and a regional occupational center or program may enter into contractual agreements under which the center or program provides services to adult students of the community college district affected by this section if both of the following are satisfied:

(1) The agreements conform to state regulations and audit requirements jointly developed by the Chancellor of the Office of the California Community Colleges and the department, in consultation with, and subject to approval by, the Department of Finance.

(2) A course offered for adults pursuant to an agreement entered into pursuant to this subdivision is limited to the same cost per student to the state as if the course were offered at the regional occupational center or program. This subdivision does not authorize the apportionment of funds for community colleges for adult students in excess of the revenue limit for regional occupational centers or programs if a course is deemed eligible for college credit.

(k) A regional occupational center or program that fails to meet a timeline established under subdivision (c), (d), or (g) shall meet with the community college, adult education program, or other adult service to identify alternative means of meeting the needs of adult students and shall enter into a corrective action plan administered by the department. The corrective action plan shall be established pursuant to guidelines issued by the department and shall be submitted to the department annually for review.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 186, Sec. 52. Effective January 1, 2017.)

52302.9.
  

Regional occupational centers and programs may jointly establish, operate, and share the enrollments and costs of career technical education instruction with adult education programs offered by school districts serving the same geographic area. These programs shall be approved by the State Board of Education and the county superintendent of schools and shall be subject to guidelines established by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. These programs shall also be funded at the adult revenue limit amount provided pursuant to Section 42238.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 1058, Sec. 52. Effective January 1, 2001.)

52303.
  

“Regional occupational program,” as used in this chapter, means a sequence of career technical or technical training programs that meet the criteria and standards of instructional programs in regional occupational centers and are conducted in a variety of physical facilities that are not necessarily situated in one single plant or site.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 572, Sec. 10. Effective January 1, 2007.)

52304.
  

Subsequent to completing the survey required by Section 52302 and prior to establishing a regional occupational center or program authorized by Section 52301, the appropriate governing board, boards, or county superintendent of schools, as the case may be, shall determine whether or not the survey and analysis made pursuant to Section 52302 justifies the proposed skill training, and shall further determine whether the skill training will be offered through a regional occupational center or program, or through a contract with an approved private postsecondary school pursuant to the provisions of Section 8092.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

52304.1.
  

The governing board of each school district maintaining a high school shall annually review and assess the participation of pupils in grades 11 and 12 in regional occupational centers and programs. The governing board shall prepare an annual plan to increase the participation of these pupils unless it determines that there are no additional pupils enrolled in the district who would benefit from this participation.

The governing board shall conduct public hearings for purposes of reviewing the participation of these pupils and for the adoption of the plan required under this section.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 498, Sec. 101. Effective July 28, 1983.)

52305.
  

A regional occupational center or regional occupational program may:

(a) Be established pursuant to Section 52301 to provide day, including Saturday and Sunday, and evening full-time and part-time career technical education programs for minors and adults, the year around.

(b) Include within its career technical training programs, the establishment and operation of a sheltered workshop.

(c) Permit the establishment and operation of business, commercial, trade, manufacturing, or construction activities as will best serve the aims and purposes of career technical education. These activities shall also permit the sale of products or services to private or public corporations or companies, or to the general public.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 1058, Sec. 54. Effective January 1, 2001.)

52306.
  

(a) Any business, commercial, trade, manufacturing, or construction activity referred to in subdivision (c) of Section 52305 may be undertaken as part of a regional occupational center or program provided all the following conditions have been complied with:

(1) Any facility or program operated pursuant to this section shall be only for the education or training of students enrolled in a regional occupational center or program.

(2) The facility or program shall be operated on a nonprofit basis, with all revenues restricted in their use to cover instructional and operating costs.

(3) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the facility or program initially shall obtain the approval of the appropriate trade associations concerned with the activity proposed and the approval of the county labor council in the county in which the facility or program is located.

(b) An activity conducted by a regional occupational center or program, as described in subdivision (a), may be conducted without the need to apply for or obtain local business licenses or permits, nor shall the activity be subject to payment of local business taxes.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, proceeds from business activities authorized in this section may, subject to the approval of the governing board, be deposited in a checking account or accounts by each regional occupational center or program and disbursed for the necessary expenses of those business activities. The account shall be established by the regional occupational center or program and be in the custody of the principal or other administrative official designated by the governing board or the county superintendent of schools, as the case may be. The principal or administrative official shall be responsible for all expenditures therefrom, subject to regulations prescribed for this purpose by the governing board or the county superintendent of schools, as the case may be. An exact accounting of receipts and disbursements shall be made to the district or county accounting office within a reasonable period of time. The governing board or the county superintendent of schools, as the case may be, shall provide for an audit of these accounts on a regular basis.

(c) Attendance of students in any business, commercial, trade, manufacturing, or construction activity referred to in subdivision (c) of Section 52305, at any regional occupational center or regional occupational program, shall be credited to that facility or program for the purposes of apportionments from the State School Fund.

(Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 507, Sec. 9. Effective January 1, 1993.)

52307.
  

To the extent feasible, in establishing programs pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 52305, efforts shall be made to work cooperatively with sheltered workshops which are located in the area of such programs.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

52308.
  

A regional occupational center or program may lease buildings of not more than one story or equipment for a term not to exceed 10 years, subject to an extension for a period not to exceed 10 years, without complying with any other provision of this code relating to the lease of school buildings or equipment.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1143, Sec. 10.)

52309.
  

(a) The curriculum initially provided by a regional occupational center or regional occupational program upon commencing operation shall be subject to the approval of the department and shall comply with all requirements and standards set forth in the State Plan for Career Technical Education. The department shall approve regional occupational centers only after giving due consideration to career technical education opportunities offered by community colleges serving the same geographical area. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules and regulations establishing guidelines and criteria for differentiating between courses appropriate for regional occupational centers or regional occupational programs and those appropriate for high schools.

(b) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall prepare and distribute by April 1, 1977, and thereafter maintain, a detailed handbook for use by the local educational agencies and regional councils established pursuant to Section 8020. The handbook shall contain course approval criteria, job market study criteria, implementation plans for administrative regulations, and procedures for securing course and program approvals.

(c) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), the curriculum provided by a regional occupational center or program shall not be subject to the approval of the department as to any curriculum that is certified, by resolution of the governing body of the regional occupational center or program, to comply with the course approval criteria set forth in the handbook described in subdivision (b).

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 1058, Sec. 55. Effective January 1, 2001.)

52310.
  

Credits earned from courses completed in a regional occupational center or regional occupational program may be applied toward fulfillment of requirements for a high school diploma. A governing board of a district maintaining a regional occupational center may confer a high school diploma upon any pupil who attends a regional occupational center maintained by the district full time and has satisfactorily completed the prescribed course of study of the school district of residence or the course of study prescribed by the county superintendent of schools, school district, or school districts, as the case may be, maintaining such center.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

52310.5.
  

(a) Each regional occupational program or center shall be maintained by, and subject to the authority and control of, its governing board.

(b) The governing board of a regional occupational program or center maintained by a single school district is the governing board of the school district.

(c) The governing board of a regional occupational program or center maintained by a county superintendent of schools is the county board of education.

(d) The governing board of a regional occupational program or center established by two or more school districts pursuant to Article 1 (commencing with Section 6500) of Chapter 5 of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code, shall consist of at least one member of the governing board of each of the school districts cooperating in the regional occupational program or center, the member to be selected by the governing board of the district represented by that member.

(e) Any other cooperative agreement established after 1965 to establish a regional occupational program or center pursuant to Section 52301 shall have a governing board which shall consist of at least one member of the governing board of each of the school districts cooperating in the regional occupational program or center. Each member is to be selected by the governing board of the district represented by that member.

(f) The governing board of a regional occupational center maintained by either a single school district or a county is not entitled to an additional stipend merely to carry out governance of the operations of the regional occupational center or program.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 1168, Sec. 40. Effective September 30, 2002.)

52311.
  

Each regional occupational center shall be established at a readily accessible place selected to serve the pupils who will attend the center. The county superintendent of schools or district or districts, as the case may be, maintaining, or participating in the operation of, the center may provide necessary transportation to the pupils attending such center.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

52312.
  

For the purposes of this chapter the county superintendent of schools, the governing board of the school district, or the governing boards of school districts establishing a regional occupational center, or regional occupational program, may acquire a site for each regional occupational center or regional occupational program maintained by him or the district, or districts, as the case may be, and may plan, construct, purchase, or lease buildings therefor, and may purchase or lease furniture, equipment, fixtures, and other personal property therefor.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

52313.
  

The county superintendent of schools or governing board of a school district or districts, as the case may be, maintaining a regional occupational center, or regional occupational program, may accept and expend grants from the federal government or from other public or private sources for the purposes of this chapter.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

52314.
  

(a) (1) Except as provided in subdivision (b), any pupil eligible to attend a high school or adult school in a school district subject to the jurisdiction of a county superintendent of schools operating a regional occupational center or regional occupational program, and who resides in a school district which by itself or in cooperation with other school districts, has not established a regional occupational center, or regional occupational program, is eligible to attend a regional occupational center or regional occupational program maintained by the county superintendent of schools. Any school district which in cooperation with other school districts maintains a regional occupational center, or regional occupational program, or any cooperating school districts may admit to the center, or program, any pupil, otherwise eligible, who resides in the district or in any of the cooperating districts. Any school district which by itself maintains a regional occupational center, or regional occupational program, may admit to the center, or program, any pupil, otherwise eligible, who resides in the district. No pupil, including adults under Section 52610 shall be admitted to a regional occupational center, or regional occupational program, unless the county superintendent of schools or governing board of the district or districts maintaining the center, or program, as the case may be, determines that the pupil will benefit therefrom and approves of his or her admission to the regional occupational center or regional occupational program.

(2) Adult students shall not be enrolled in regional occupational center or program courses during the school day on a high school campus unless specifically authorized by the policy of the governing board of the school district.

(3) A pupil may be admitted on a full-time or part-time basis, as determined by the county superintendent of schools or governing board of the school district or districts maintaining the center, or program, as the case may be.

(b) A pupil is not eligible to be admitted to a regional occupational center or program, and his or her attendance shall not be credited to a regional occupational center or program, until he or she has attained the age of 16 years, unless the pupil meets one or more of the following conditions:

(1) The pupil is enrolled in grade 11 or a higher grade.

(2) The pupil received a referral and all of the following conditions are met:

(A) The pupil is referred to a regional occupational center or program as part of a comprehensive high school plan that has been approved by a school counselor or school administrator. The approval of the pupil’s parents or guardian may be sought but is not required.

(B) The pupil’s comprehensive high school plan requires referral to a regional occupational center or program as part of a sequence of vocational courses that allows the pupil to learn a comprehensive skill occupation that culminates in earning a postsecondary vocational certificate or diploma or its equivalent.

(C) The pupil is enrolled in a school that maintains any of grades 9 to 12, inclusive.

(3) The individualized education program of a pupil adopted pursuant to the requirements of Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 56300) of Part 30 prescribes occupational training for which his or her enrollment in a regional occupational center or program is deemed appropriate.

(4) The pupil is enrolled in grade 10 and has a comprehensive high school plan that has been approved by a school counselor, and the admission of that pupil will not result in the denial of admission or displacement of pupils in grades 11 and 12 that would otherwise participate in the regional occupational center or program.

(c) Each school district, county superintendent of schools, or joint powers agency that maintains a regional occupational center or regional occupational program shall submit to the department, at the time and in the manner prescribed by the Superintendent, the enrollment and average daily attendance for each grade level and the enrollment and average daily attendance for each exemption set forth in subdivision (b).

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 728, Sec. 34. Effective January 1, 2013.)

52314.5.
  

A regional occupational center or program established and maintained by a county superintendent of schools, school districts, or joint powers agencies pursuant to Section 52301 shall admit youths between the ages of 15 to 18 years who are eligible to attend a high school in a school district, but who have not been enrolled on a full-time or part-time basis for a period of more than three months during the regular school year, if all of the following apply:

(a) The center or program, in conjunction with the appropriate school district, develops a comprehensive high school plan that describes the academic and vocational instruction that will be provided to the pupil.

(b) The pupil’s parents or guardian approves the comprehensive plan in writing.

(c) The pupil enrolls in the appropriate adult school or high school courses that are needed to satisfy the comprehensive high school plan.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 572, Sec. 12. Effective January 1, 2007.)

52315.
  

(a) A visually impaired, orthopedically impaired, or deaf person who is not enrolled in a regular high school or community college program may attend a regional occupational center or regional occupational program pursuant to the requirements described in Section 52314.5. Additional special instruction and support services shall be provided to these persons.

(b) If the Superintendent determines that there would be a duplication of effort to these impaired persons if a regional occupational center or regional occupational program provided services to them, in that other programs exist that are available to them, the Superintendent may disapprove of the curriculum to provide programs to these impaired persons pursuant to Section 52309.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 19, Sec. 102. Effective June 24, 2015.)

52316.
  

Any pupil enrolled in grade 10, 11, or 12, and who is also attending a regional occupational center or regional occupational program may be excused from attending courses in physical education by the governing board of the school district maintaining grade 10, 11, or 12, and in which the pupil is enrolled, if attendance upon such classes results in hardship because of travel time involved.

If a pupil is excused from physical education classes pursuant to this section, the minimum schoolday for him in his regular high school is 180 minutes.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

52317.
  

The governing board of any regional occupational center or program operated by a joint powers agency, a single district, or a county superintendent of schools maintaining a county regional occupational center or program, may admit to its programs or classes, on a full-time or part-time basis, any person who can benefit from the program or class, including a person who does not reside in the attendance area of the center or program, if there are openings in the program or class. For purposes of this section, an interdistrict attendance agreement shall not be required for out-of-district enrollments.

Under no circumstances shall any person be enrolled in a regional occupational center or program pursuant to this section in a manner which contradicts delineation of function agreements.

Notwithstanding Section 51769 of the Education Code and Section 3368 of the Labor Code, regional occupational centers or programs or school districts within the area controlled by regional occupational centers or programs offering training to pupils residing outside its attendance area, shall provide for workers’ compensation for pupils enrolled in a community classroom program.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1385, Sec. 2.)

52319.
  

(a) Whenever the establishment and maintenance of a regional occupational center by two or more school districts has been undertaken pursuant to an agreement entered into in accordance with the provisions of Article 1 (commencing with Section 6500) of Chapter 5 of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code, and the terms of the agreement so authorize, provision may be made for the issuance of bonds for construction and other capital expenditure for the regional occupational center. An election shall be called, held, and conducted in the manner provided in Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 5300) of Part 4 of Division 1 of Title 1 on the question of the approval of the issuance of such bonds. If, at the election, the requisite number of voters cast their ballots in favor of the issuance of bonds, the bonds shall be issued and sold in the manner provided by law for the issuance and sale of bonds of a high school district. The issuance and sale of such bonds shall be deemed to be an act of the governing board of a high school district.

(b) The total amount of bonds issued shall not exceed one-half of 1 percent of the taxable property of the area served by the regional occupational center as shown by the last equalized assessment roll of the county or counties that the center serves.

(c) Bonds issued and sold pursuant to this section shall be retired from proceeds of the tax under the provisions of Section 52317.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 19, Sec. 103. Effective June 24, 2015.)

52320.
  

For the purposes of receiving advances of funds from the county treasury only, a regional occupational center shall be deemed to be a school district.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

52321.
  

(a) (1) Commencing in the 2009–10 fiscal year, a regional occupational center or program established and maintained by school districts or joint powers agencies pursuant to Section 52301 shall receive in annual operating funds directly from the county office of education in which it is located an amount per unit of average daily attendance equal to the revenue limit received by each of the participating school districts for each unit of average daily attendance generated in the regional occupational center or program by each participating school district.

(2) A regional occupational center or program established and maintained by a county superintendent of schools pursuant to Section 52301 shall receive funding pursuant to Section 2550. A county superintendent of schools shall report average daily attendance to the Superintendent for that funding.

(b) A regional occupational center or program may budget and accumulate an amount necessary to meet the cashflow needs of the regional occupational center or program known as a general reserve, and also may budget and accumulate amounts known as the designated fund balance and as the unappropriated fund balance. Alternatively, a regional occupational center or program may budget and accumulate amounts necessary to meet its long-term program needs in a separate account known as the capital outlay and equipment replacement reserve account, and this account shall be part of the designated fund balance. At the end of each school year, the ending balance in the regional occupational center or program account may be distributed to any of the general reserve, designated fund balance, and unappropriated fund balance accounts, provided that the combined total distributed does not exceed 15 percent of the expenditures for the current school year.

(1) The general reserve, the designated fund balance, including the capital outlay and equipment replacement reserve account, and the unappropriated fund balance shall be available for appropriation only after approval by a majority vote of the governing body of the regional occupational center or program.

(2) Funds of a regional occupational center or program shall be distributed to the capital outlay and equipment replacement reserve account only upon adoption by the governing board of a resolution specifying the general use to which each appropriation from the account would be put.

(c) (1) At the end of each school year, the combined ending balances of the general reserve, the designated fund balance, except the capital outlay and equipment replacement reserve account, and the unappropriated fund balance shall not exceed 15 percent of the expenditures for the current fiscal year.

(2) A regional occupational center or program may accumulate, over a period of two or more school years, an ending balance in the capital outlay and equipment replacement reserve account of more than 15 percent of the expenditures for the current fiscal year, under provisions of a resolution of the governing board pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (b).

(d) Funds placed in either the general reserve, the designated fund balance, including the capital outlay and equipment replacement reserve account, or the unappropriated fund balance shall be expended only for regional occupational center or program educational purposes.

(e) Commencing in the 2007–08 fiscal year, the Superintendent shall require an annual certification by school districts, county superintendents of schools, and joint powers agencies that the regional occupational center or program funds have been expended as provided in this section. The Superintendent shall withhold from the apportionment of a subsequent fiscal year, any ending fund balance in excess of 15 percent of the expenditures for the year, except those funds specifically set aside by the governing board in the capital outlay and equipment replacement reserve account.

(Amended by Stats. 2008, Ch. 519, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2009.)

52322.
  

The State Board of Education shall make provision in allocating any funds received from the federal government pursuant to Public Law 576 of the 90th Congress to include regional occupational centers and programs that comply with the requirements of this chapter.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

52323.
  

No instruction shall be given in a regional occupational center except by a qualified teacher holding a certificate issued pursuant to Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 44200) of Part 25 of Division 3 of this title.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

52324.6.
  

(a) Any regional occupational program shall be eligible to apply for apportionments as a necessary small regional occupational program under this section if it is a regional occupational program with an annual total average daily attendance of 350 or less in the prior fiscal year, and the regional occupational program provides instructional service to a comprehensive high school or schools that have an average daily attendance in grades 9 to 12, inclusive, during the fiscal year of 350 or less.

A necessary small regional occupational program may apply for a small school regional occupational program service allocation pursuant to this section for any or all of the comprehensive high schools within its boundaries that have an average daily attendance of 350 or less during the fiscal year, and at which instruction is provided by the regional occupational program.

The county superintendents of schools shall annually certify the eligibility of a regional occupational program as a necessary small regional occupational program and annually certify the eligibility of all comprehensive high schools within the boundaries that have been selected by the necessary small regional occupational program to receive small school regional occupational program service allocations.

(b) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall annually allocate small school regional occupational program service funding, in accordance with the schedule prescribed in this subdivision, for any and all comprehensive high schools that are certified as eligible and are selected in accordance with subdivision (a). Regional occupational programs that do not certify the employment of the minimum number of full-time equivalent certificated employees at each school shall have the total small school regional occupational program service allocation for that school reduced by a pro rata amount, based on the percentage of employee service provided in comparison to the total number of regional occupational program employees required for full funding. Full-time equivalency for purposes of this subdivision shall be equal to six teaching periods of comprehensive high school.

The small school regional occupational program service allocation shall be adjusted annually by the same percentage cost-of-living adjustment applied to other regional occupational center and program revenue limits.

(c) (1) If a regional occupational program applies for funding under this section, the regional occupational program shall certify to the Superintendent of Public Instruction all concurrently enrolled average daily attendance generated during the previous year in each school to which small school regional occupational program service funds were allocated under subdivision (b). The average daily attendance certified under this subdivision shall be subtracted from the regional occupational program’s prior year total allowable average daily attendance, and the remainder shall become the current year allowable regional occupational program average daily attendance for all nonconcurrently enrolled students and concurrently enrolled students from schools not funded under subdivision (b). This calculation shall be completed the year a regional occupational program applies to become a necessary small regional occupational program or the year that the eligible regional occupational program selects any comprehensive high school defined in subdivision (a) to receive a small school regional occupational program service allocation.

(2) In the fiscal year that an eligible regional occupational program selects to remove a certified comprehensive high school from the small school regional occupational program service allocation funding or when the comprehensive high school no longer qualifies under the provisions of subdivision (a), the superintendent shall allocate a sum equal to the average of the prior two years’ annual regional occupational program average daily attendance for the comprehensive high school multiplied by either the statewide average revenue limit per average daily attendance or the revenue limit per average daily attendance of the regional occupational program, whichever is greater, to the revenue limit of the eligible regional occupational program.

(3) In addition, the superintendent shall raise the prior year’s annual concurrently enrolled average daily attendance for all schools not funded under subdivision (b) of the eligible small school regional occupational program an amount equal to the average of the prior two years’ annual regional occupational program average daily attendance for the comprehensive high school. This adjusted allowable average daily attendance shall be the new base upon which growth is calculated for nonconcurrently enrolled students and concurrently enrolled students from high schools not funded under subdivision (b), within an eligible regional occupational program.

(d) Total annual apportionments for regional occupational programs that qualify for funding under this section as necessary small regional occupational programs shall be calculated in accordance with the following formula:

Total small school ROP service allocations to selected comprehensive high schools of 350 or less average daily attendance pursuant to subdivision (b)

+

Reported allowable average daily attendance pursuant to subdivision (c) multiplied by either the statewide average ROP revenue limit or the ROP revenue limit, whichever is greater

=

Total annual state apportionment for a necessary small ROP

(e) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require eligible regional occupational programs to apply for funding under this section.

(f) In fiscal years subsequent to the 1989–90 fiscal year, the prior year’s apportionment under this section shall be annually adjusted by the same cost-of-living increase provided to regional occupational programs through the standard apportionment system.

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 922, Sec. 132. Effective January 1, 1995.)

52325.
  

A day of attendance for pupils enrolled in a regional occupational center or program is 180 minutes of attendance.

(Added by Stats. 2007, Ch. 730, Sec. 32. Effective January 1, 2008.)

52327.
  

(a) The governing board of a school district maintaining a regional occupational center may establish a bookstore on school district property for the purpose of offering for sale textbooks, workbooks, supplementary textbooks and workbooks, school supplies, stationery supplies, confectionary items, and related auxiliary school supplies and services.

(b) The governing board of the school district may establish a bookstore fund into which the proceeds derived from the operation of a regional occupational center bookstore may be transferred. Moneys in a bookstore fund shall be deposited or invested in one or more of the following ways:

(1) Deposits in a bank or banks, or other institution, whose accounts are federally insured.

(2) Investment certificates or withdrawable shares in state-chartered savings and loan associations and savings accounts of federal savings and loan associations, provided the associations are doing business in this state and have their accounts insured by the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation.

(3) Purchase of United States securities pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 16430 of the Government Code.

(c) The governing board of the school district shall designate an employee or official of the school district to act as trustee for funds derived from the operation of a regional occupational center bookstore and to receive those funds in accordance with procedures established by the board.

(d) All necessary expenses, including salaries, wages and costs of capital improvements may be deducted from the revenue of a regional occupational center bookstore. Net proceeds from the operation of a regional occupational center bookstore shall be used for the general benefit of the student body as determined by the governing board of the school district. Income from a regional occupational center bookstore shall not be included in the school district funding allocation. Funds derived from the operation of a regional occupational center bookstore shall be subject to audit pursuant to Section 41020.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 19, Sec. 106. Effective June 24, 2015.)

52327.5.
  

Each governing board establishing or maintaining a regional occupational center or program pursuant to Section 52310.5 shall meet the requirements set forth in Sections 35145, 41010, 41011, 41015, 41020, 42103, 51040, 51041, 51050, and 51056.

(Amended by Stats. 1977, Ch. 242.)

52328.
  

(a) Any school district, located in whole or in part in a county contiguous with the Republic of Mexico, or any county superintendent of schools of a county contiguous with the Republic of Mexico, which maintains a regional occupational center may enter into a student exchange agreement with a trade and technical training school located in the Republic of Mexico. Such student exchange agreement shall permit Mexican students to take all or part of their occupational training in the regional occupational center and shall permit United States students to take all or part of their occupational training in the Mexican trade and technical school.

(b) In computing the average daily attendance of the regional occupational center, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall include any Mexican students in attendance if all of the following conditions are met:

(1) The student exchange agreement provides as nearly as practicable for the exchange of students on a one-for-one basis between the regional occupational center and the trade and technical school.

(2) The educational services provided the United States students in Mexico are at least equivalent in quality to the services provided in the regional occupational center.

(3) The student exchange agreement has been approved by the Superintendent of Public Instruction prior to its operative date.

(c) No average daily attendance shall be credited to the regional occupational center for the United States students while in attendance at the Mexican trade and technical school.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

52329.
  

(a) The governing board of a school district located in a county, or the county superintendent of schools maintaining a regional occupational program in a county, any of the boundaries of which are contiguous to the State of Arizona, may enter into an agreement with a public or private educational agency located in the State of Arizona to provide to pupils living in the school district and enrolled in a regional occupational program, career technical or technical training which, due to geographical isolation, is not otherwise available to these pupils.

(b) The program of training at the public or private educational agency shall conform to the California State Plan for Career Technical Education.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 19, Sec. 107. Effective June 24, 2015.)

52330.
  

The governing board of any school district or the county superintendent of schools that is operating or jointly operating a regional occupational center or program may establish and maintain regional occupational center or regional occupational program classes in industrial or school facilities located outside of the school district or the jurisdiction of the county superintendent of schools, respectively, for the purpose of providing training for students enrolled in such a center or program.

The governing board of a school district or the county superintendent of schools shall notify the Superintendent of Public Instruction, prior to the establishment of classes pursuant to this section, of the proposed establishment.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

52331.
  

A regional occupational program or center, established pursuant to Section 52301, may contract with a community college district to provide career technical education instruction and services for students enrolled, or seeking to enroll, in a regional occupational center or program. The instruction and services shall comply with the requirements and standards for regional occupational programs and centers as set forth in the State Plan for Career Technical Education.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 1058, Sec. 57. Effective January 1, 2001.)

52334.
  

(a) Indirect costs charged to regional occupational centers and programs may not exceed the school district or county office of education, as appropriate, prior year indirect cost rate as approved by the department.

(b) The indirect costs charged by county offices of education and school districts that provide regional occupational centers and programs services on behalf of the county office of education or joint powers authority, when added together, may not exceed the indirect cost rate approved by the department for the county office of education or the school district, whichever is higher.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 19, Sec. 108. Effective June 24, 2015.)

52334.5.
  

(a) Within existing resources, the department shall conduct monitoring reviews of each regional occupational center or program at least once every four years for compliance with applicable state laws and regulations, to provide focused and targeted technical assistance and support, and to assist with the remediation of identified deficiencies.

(b) The department, in consultation with local regional occupational centers or programs, shall develop a monitoring instrument focused on all of the following:

(1) The regional occupational center or program administration and instructional programs.

(2) The alignment of curriculum with standards.

(3) The sequencing of courses in a pathway articulated with middle schools, campus-based secondary school courses, and postsecondary educational institutions.

(4) Teacher credentials.

(5) Counseling and guidance.

(6) Business and industry involvement.

(7) Local labor market review.

(8) Required actions of local governing boards.

(9) Other components determined by the Superintendent.

(Added by Stats. 2006, Ch. 572, Sec. 19. Effective January 1, 2007.)

52334.7.
  

(a) The Superintendent may certify, by name, any regional occupational center or program, county office of education, or adult education program established pursuant to Section 52501 that provides a program of training to prepare adult students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation, to legally authorize the center, program, or office to provide an educational program beyond secondary education, including an education program that leads to a degree or certificate, for purposes of the center, program, or office participating in any student financial assistance program authorized by Title IV of the federal Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 U.S.C. Sec. 1070 et seq.).

(b) A regional occupational center or program, county office of education, or adult education program established pursuant to Section 52501 applying for certification pursuant to subdivision (a) shall comply with all of the following:

(1) It shall admit as regular students to its program of training only those students who meet one or more of the following requirements:

(A) Have a high school diploma.

(B) Have the recognized equivalent of a high school diploma.

(C) Are beyond the age of compulsory school attendance.

(2)  It shall provide an eligible program of training, as defined in Section 668.8 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, as this section reads on July 1, 2015, to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

(3) It shall be accredited or preaccredited.

(4) It shall have been in existence for at least two years as described in subsection (b) of Section 600.6 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, as this section reads on July 1, 2015.

(5) It shall be an institution or site physically located in the state.

(6) It shall agree to submit any dispute involving the final denial, withdrawal, or termination of its accreditation to initial arbitration before initiating any other legal action.

(7) It shall satisfy all applicable eligibility requirements specified in federal rulemaking pursuant to Sections 600.6, 600.7, and 600.9 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, as these sections read on July 1, 2015, other than the authorization provided for in subdivision (a).

(8) It shall apply in writing to the Superintendent, as an individual center, program, or office, to be considered for certification pursuant to subdivision (a).

(c) Any person may file a complaint under the Uniform Complaint Procedures, as set forth in Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, regarding an alleged violation by a local agency of federal or state law or regulations governing adult education programs established pursuant to Section 52501 or regional occupational centers and programs.

(d) The Superintendent shall adopt regulations that authorize any person to file a complaint under the Uniform Complaint Procedures, as set forth in Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, regarding an alleged violation by a county office of education of federal or state law or regulations governing that county office’s participation in any student financial assistance program authorized by Title IV of the federal Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 U.S.C. Sec. 1070 et seq.).

(e) The Superintendent may decertify, for purposes of participating in any student financial aid assistance program authorized by Title IV of the federal Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 U.S.C. Sec. 1070 et seq.), a regional occupational center or program, county office of education, or adult education program established pursuant to Section 52501 previously certified in accordance with subdivision (a) if the Superintendent determines that the regional occupational center or program, county office of education, or adult education program established pursuant to Section 52501 is no longer in compliance with the requirements outlined in subdivision (b).

(Added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 22, Sec. 2. Effective June 24, 2015.)

EDCEducation Code - EDC1.