(a) The School Safety and Violence Prevention Strategy Program is hereby established to be administered by the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the purpose of promoting school safety and violence prevention programs among children and youth in the public schools.
(b) The Superintendent of Public Instruction, in conjunction with the Attorney General, shall develop standards and guidelines for evaluating proposals, and shall award grants on a competitive basis, as authorized by this article, to schools and school districts serving any combination of instructional settings from kindergarten to grade 7, inclusive, that meet the following conditions:
(1) The school has developed a school safety plan as required by Article 5 (commencing with Section 32280) of Chapter 2.5 of Part 21.
(2) The school demonstrates its ability to carry out a collaborative and coordinated approach for implementing a comprehensive school safety and violence prevention strategy.
(3) After initial eligibility has been determined, a process of random selection for grants awarded pursuant to this article shall be used that ensure that, at a minimum, all of the following criteria are met:
(A) Schools are selected from the northern, central, and southern areas of the state.
(B) Schools selected represent large, medium, and small sized numbers in their pupil populations.
(C) Schools are selected from urban, suburban, and rural areas.
(Amended by Stats. 2003, Ch. 828, Sec. 24.)
Education Code 32280