(a) Commencing July 1, of each fiscal year, notwithstanding that a school district was not authorized to operate an adult education program pursuant to Section 41976, a school district may apply to the department for initial program approval and funding to begin any adult education programs specified in Section 41976 provided the district meets the following criteria:
(1) The district did not operate nor claim state apportionment for an adult education program in the prior fiscal year.
(2) The district enters into a written delineation of function agreement pursuant to Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 8500) of Part 6 for the fiscal year for which initial funding is authorized between the applicant school district and the community college district in the same geographical area.
(b) The Superintendent of Public Instruction may approve the program and state apportionment funding on the basis of the school district's documented need for adult education programs. The superintendent shall issue a program advisory that sets forth the criteria of need that a district is required to document.
(c) A school district that receives state funding under this section shall ensure that priority for program service is given to persons applying for the district's adult education programs authorized by paragraphs (2), (3), and (4) of subdivision (a) of Section 41976.
(d) A school district that maintains a current delineation of function agreement with a community college district pursuant to Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 8500) of Part 6 are authorized to divide the responsibility for offering courses pursuant to Section 41976 by mutual agreement of the boards of those districts.
(e) This section shall be operative to the extent that the superintendent determines that funds are available pursuant to Section 52616.19 to implement the section on or after July 1, of each fiscal year.
(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 896, Sec. 52.)
Education Code 8500
Education Code 41976
Education Code 52616.19