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(a) The state board shall encumber the fund for the purpose of establishing an allowance for each school district, which may reflect increases or decreases in enrollment, that the district may use for the following purposes:

(1) To purchase instructional materials adopted by the state board pursuant to Section 60200 for kindergarten and grades 1 to 8, inclusive, or by the governing board pursuant to Section 60400 for grades 9 to 12, inclusive. A school district may purchase with funds received pursuant to Chapter 3.25 (commencing with Section 60420) instructional materials for the visual and performing arts, foreign language, health, or other curricular area if those materials are adopted by the state board pursuant to Section 60200 for kindergarten and grades 1 to 8, inclusive, or by the governing board pursuant to Section 60400 for grades 9 to 12, inclusive, and if the school district certifies that it has provided each pupil with a standards-aligned textbook or basic instructional materials in reading/language arts, mathematics, history/social science, and science.

(2) To purchase, at the discretion of the district, instructional materials, including, but not limited to, supplementary instructional materials and technology-based materials, from any source.

(3) To purchase tests.

(4) To bind basic textbooks that are otherwise usable and are on the most recent list of basic instructional materials adopted by the State Board and made available pursuant to Section 60200.

(5) To fund in-service training related to instructional materials.

(6) To purchase classroom library materials for kindergarten and grades 1 to 4, inclusive.

(b) The state board shall specify the percentage of the allowance of a district that is authorized to be used for each of the purposes identified in subdivision (a).

(c) Allowances established for school districts pursuant to this section shall be apportioned in September of each fiscal year.

(d) (1) A school district that purchases classroom library materials, as a condition of receiving funding pursuant to this article, shall develop a districtwide classroom library plan for kindergarten and grades 1 to 4, inclusive, and shall receive certification of the plan from the governing board of the school district. A school district shall include in the plan a means of preventing loss, damage, or destruction of the materials.

(2) In developing the plan required by paragraph (1), a school district is encouraged to consult with school teacher librarians and primary grade teachers and to consider selections included in the list of recommended books established pursuant to Section 19336. If a school teacher librarian is not employed by the school district, the district is encouraged to consult with a school teacher librarian employed by the local county office of education in developing the plan.

(3) To the extent that a school district or county office of education already has a plan meeting the criteria specified in paragraphs (1) and (2), no new plan is required to establish eligibility.

(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 730, Sec. 38.)

Reference:

Education Code 19336

Education Code 60200

Education Code 60400

Education Code 60420