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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 29. PROGRAMS FOR DISADVANTAGED PUPILS [54000 - 54760]

  ( Part 29 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

CHAPTER 9. Miscellaneous Programs [54600 - 54760]

  ( Chapter 9 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

ARTICLE 2. School Improvement Act of 1970 [54630 - 54645]
  ( Article 2 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

54630.
  

This article shall be known and may be cited as the School Improvement Act of 1970.

(Amended by Stats. 1981, Ch. 714, Sec. 101.)

54631.
  

It is the intent of the Legislature that program improvement schools be established throughout the state in not more than five separate schools in different districts, and in not more than all of the schools in one elementary district, to offer educational programs which are developed by the director and staff of such schools in cooperation with representatives of the local community, including the parents of children served by the school. It is the further intent of the Legislature that the programs established under the provisions of this chapter be designed to facilitate an evaluation of the effectiveness of promising instructional methods, techniques, and staffing patterns that are intended to improve the level of pupil achievement in the areas of reading and mathematics.

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

54632.
  

(a) A “program improvement school” is an elementary school, a junior high school, or a high school designated as such by the district and approved by the State Board of Education.

(b) A “community resource committee” is a committee appointed by the director of each program improvement school at least one-half of the membership of which is made up of parents of children participating in the program. The committee shall assist the director and the director’s staff to plan and implement the educational program, identify community resources which could be utilized in the program, and inform the community of the proposed program. The membership of the community resource committee may include, in addition to parents of children participating in the program, but need not be limited to:

(1) Parents of other pupils served by the school.

(2) Pupils enrolled in the school.

(3) Representatives of the community college, campus of the California State University, or university participating in the project.

(4) Other individuals representing business and industry, organized labor, and representatives of local law enforcement, welfare, and employment agencies.

(c) If a parent advisory committee has been established for the school pursuant to Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, the director may, at his or her election, designate it to serve as the community resource committee in lieu of the committee otherwise to be appointed pursuant to subdivision (b).

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 143, Sec. 39.)

54633.
  

A school may be designated a program improvement school when all of the following conditions are met:

(a) The school meets the criteria of Section 54483.

(b) The director of the school is appointed by the school district with the concurrence of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Director of the Office of Compensatory Education.

(c) The school has at least the staff for auxiliary and administrative services that would be present in an adequately staffed school.

(d) The governing board of the school district has delegated to the director of the program improvement school all powers, duties, and responsibilities related to the budget, curriculum, courses of study, pupil conduct, staffing, and class scheduling.

(e) The director of the proposed program improvement school has appointed a community resource committee.

(f) The proposed program of educational improvement has been developed by the director and staff of the school in cooperation with an institution of higher education and has the concurrence of the community resource committee.

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

54634.
  

Districts are encouraged to waive their existing administrative salary schedule for the individual proposed for the job of director in order to obtain an individual of demonstrated managerial talents who is committed to educational achievement.

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

54635.
  

Any school may apply to establish a program improvement school provided all of the following conditions are met:

(a) Evidence that the proposed program improvement school meets the requirements of Section 54633, including evidence that the school district governing board has delegated to the director of the school all powers, duties and responsibilities defined in subdivision (d) of Section 54633.

(b) Evidence that the school district governing board intends to provide an entitlement for the proposed program improvement school to be allocated by the director for the development, implementation, and maintenance of the proposed program. The entitlement shall be equivalent to the total amount of resources from state and local funds which would otherwise be provided the school under the district’s current budgeting procedures. The total amount of state support shall exclude state funds currently expended in the school under the provision of the Miller-Unruh Basic Reading Act, the Mathematics Improvement Program, and the State Compensatory Education Program.

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

54636.
  

The application shall include a detailed plan for developing and implementing the proposed program including:

(a) A description of the proposed educational program, including the proposed staffing, class scheduling and instructional techniques, and a schedule for the implementation of the program.

(b) A description of the quantifiable achievement objectives of the proposed program.

(c) A description of the in-service training program to be provided by the teaching staff in the program improvement school, including evidence that the in-service training program has been cooperatively developed with an institution of higher education. Program improvement schools located in school districts which have established professional development programs authorized by Article 10 (commencing with Section 44630) of Chapter 3 of Part 25 of Division 3 of this title may utilize professional development centers for providing in-service training.

(d) Applications may also include the school’s request for state and federal categorical aid funds which are deemed necessary to carry out the proposed program.

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

54637.
  

The State Board of Education shall exempt from any and all provisions of the Education Code a program improvement school when, in the opinion of the director of the school, such provisions would hinder the implementation and maintenance of the proposed program. Such exemption shall not decrease the district apportionment from the State School Fund.

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

54638.
  

For the purpose of state and federal categorical aid allocations, the program improvement schools shall be designated as school districts so that they may apply directly to the state for categorical aid funds to finance elements of the proposed program which could not be financed by the block grant authorized the school by the school district.

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

54639.
  

The State Board of Education, on the advice of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Director of Compensatory Education, shall adopt rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this chapter.

(Enacted Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

54643.
  

This chapter shall be administered by the Office of Compensatory Education.

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

54644.
  

Persons employed to teach in and administer the program improvement schools shall be deemed to be on leave of absence from the school district whose employment they leave to accept employment in the program improvement school, and shall retain permanent status, or credit for service toward permanent status, in such school district during their employment with the program improvement schools. Such persons shall continue to be members of, and contribute to, the retirement system of which they were members at the time immediately prior to their employment in the program improvement schools.

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

54645.
  

(a) Persons employed in the program improvement schools in positions not requiring certification qualifications shall be deemed to be on leave of absence from the school district whose employment they leave to accept employment in the program improvement schools, and shall retain permanent status, or credit for service toward permanent status, in such school district during their employment with the program improvement schools. Such persons shall continue to be members of, and contribute to, the retirement system of which they were members at the time immediately prior to their employment in the program improvement schools.

(b) All sick leave, seniority, and other benefits to which they are entitled will be transferred with them to the program improvement school and transferred back to their school district upon termination of their leave of absence.

(c) Should their employment in the program improvement school be terminated for any reason, they shall be returned to the school district from which they are on leave of absence from and if a vacancy does not exist in the class from which they are on leave they shall have the right to displace an employee in that class with the least seniority in the class and who has less seniority than they do. Seniority, for the purposes of this section, shall mean the combined school district and program improvement school service.

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

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