AB 104 SEC. 58. (Chapter 13, Statutes of 2015)Language from education trailer bill, Assembly Bill 104, Section 58 (Chapter 13, Statutes of 2015) of the Budget Act of 2015.
(a) The sum of five hundred million dollars ($500,000,000) is hereby appropriated from the General Fund to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for transfer to Section A of the State School Fund for the purposes set forth in subdivisions (b) and (c).
(b) Of the funds appropriated pursuant to this section, four hundred ninety million dollars ($490,000,000) shall be apportioned to school districts, county offices of education, charter schools, and the state special schools in an equal amount per certificated staff in the 2014–15 fiscal year.
(1) A school district, county office of education, charter school, or state special school shall expend funds allocated pursuant to this subdivision for any of the following purposes:
(A) Beginning teacher and administrator support and mentoring, including, but not limited to, programs that support new teacher and administrator ability to teach or lead effectively and to meet induction requirements adopted by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing and pursuant to Section 44259 of the Education Code.
(B) Professional development, coaching, and support services for teachers who have been identified as needing improvement or additional support by local educational agencies.
(C) Professional development for teachers and administrators that is aligned to the state content standards adopted pursuant to Sections 51226, 60605, 60605.1, 60605.2, 60605.3, 60605.8, 60605.11, 60605.85, as that section read on June 30, 2014, and 60811.3, as that section read on June 30, 2013, of the Education Code.
(D) To promote educator quality and effectiveness, including, but not limited to, training on mentoring and coaching certificated staff and training certificated staff to support effective teaching and learning.
(2) As a condition of receiving funds allocated pursuant to this subdivision, a school district, county office of education, charter school, or state special school shall do both of the following:
(A) Develop and adopt a plan delineating how funds allocated pursuant to this section shall be spent. The plan shall be explained in a public meeting of the governing board of the school district, county board of education, or governing body of the charter school, before its adoption in a subsequent public meeting.
(B) On or before July 1, 2018, report detailed expenditure information to the State Department of Education, including, but not limited to, specific purchases made and the number of teachers, administrators, or paraprofessional educators that received professional development. The State Department of Education shall determine the format for this report.
(3) A school district, county office of education, charter school, or state special school may expend the funds received pursuant to this subdivision over the 2015–16 fiscal year, 2016–17 fiscal year, and the 2017–18 fiscal year. It is the intent of the Legislature that school districts, county offices of education, charter schools, and state special schools coordinate the use of any federal funds received under Title II of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110) to support teachers and administrators with the provisions of this subdivision.
(4) The State Department of Education shall summarize the information reported pursuant to paragraph (2) and shall submit the summary to the appropriate budget subcommittees and policy committees of the Legislature and to the Department of Finance on or before January 1, 2019.
(c) Of the funds appropriated pursuant to this section, ten million dollars ($10,000,000) shall be provided to the K–12 High-Speed Network for the purpose of providing professional development and technical assistance to local educational agencies related to network management.
(1) Professional development and technical assistance shall include training of local educational agency staff, and development and distribution of best practices, guidance, and other elements of technical support to implement network infrastructure within schools and to provide school districts with utilization information for optimal decisions.
(2) The K–12 High-Speed Network may partner with county offices of education or other local educational agencies to provide statewide access to training and resources.
(d) Funding apportioned pursuant to this section is subject to the annual audits required by Section 41020 of the Education Code.
(e) For purposes of making the computations required by Section 8 of Article XVI of the California Constitution, the funds appropriated pursuant to this section shall be deemed to be “General Fund revenues appropriated for school districts,” as defined in subdivision (c) of Section 41202 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 the 2014–15 fiscal year.