The CBO Training Program, established by Senate Bill 352 (Chapter 356, Statutes of 2005), was in response to an increased number of local educational agencies experiencing financial difficulty and the shortage of experienced, well-qualified CBOs. The program provided incentive funding to school districts, county offices of education, and direct-funded charter schools to send their nominated CBO candidates to training given by state-qualified training providers. Approved training providers were required to offer an intensive training and instruction program that included the areas of school finance, school operations, and leadership.
The CBO Training Program was a three-year program to provide training of up to 350 candidates per year in the amount of $3,000 per eligible training candidate. Funding was provided for fiscal years 2006-07, 2008-09, and 2009-10. Funding provided in fiscal years 2008-09 and 2009-10 were included in the categorical flexibility provisions and were unrestricted, pursuant to California Education Code Section 42605. Program and funding requirements as originally provided in statute, regulation, and budget act provisional language were no longer in effect. Beginning with the 2010-11 fiscal year, the program is no longer funded.