The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
SECTION 1. Chapter 19 (commencing with Section 53400) is added to Part 28 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code, to read:
CHAPTER 19. Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Examination Fee Grant Program
53400. (a) Subject to appropriation in the annual Budget Act for this purpose, there is hereby established a grant program for the purpose of awarding grants to cover the costs of advanced placement (AP) examination fees or International Baccalaureate (IB) examination fees, or both, for eligible economically disadvantaged or foster youth high school pupils. The department shall administer this program.
(b) (1) As used in this section, "eligible economically disadvantaged high school pupil" means a pupil in high school who is eligible for a state or federal free or reduced-price meal program.
(2) As used in this section, "eligible foster youth" has the same meaning as "foster youth," as that term is defined in Section 42238.01.
(c) A school district or charter school may apply to the department for grant funding pursuant to this section, based on the number of economically disadvantaged or foster youth high school pupils in the school district or charter school enrolled in AP courses or IB courses, or in both, who will take the next offered AP or IB examinations. A school district or charter school that applies to the department for this purpose shall designate school district or charter school staff to whom pupils may submit applications for grants and shall institute a plan to notify pupils of the availability of financial assistance pursuant to this section. Grants shall be expended only to pay the fees required of eligible economically disadvantaged or foster youth high school pupils to take an AP or IB examination, or both.
(d) An eligible economically disadvantaged or foster youth high school pupil who is enrolled in an AP or IB course, or both, may apply to the designated school district or charter school staff for a grant pursuant to this section. A pupil who receives a grant shall only pay five dollars ($5) of the examination fee.
(e) School districts and county superintendents of schools may join together and form collaboratives or consortia in order to participate in the grant program established by this section.
(f) Grants provided pursuant to this section may not be used to supplant fee waivers available to low-income pupils who take AP or IB examinations.
(g) If the total
school district applications from school districts and charter schools exceed the total funds available pursuant to this section, the department shall prorate the grants based upon the ratio of the total amount requested to the total amount allocated in the annual Budget Act or another statute for this purpose. Funding priority shall be given to AP examination fees if there is insufficient funding allocated for the grant program in a given fiscal year.
(h) To facilitate program administration and school district or charter school reimbursement, the department may enter into a contract with the provider of AP or IB examinations. For purposes of the contract authorized pursuant to this subdivision, the department is exempt from the requirements of Part 2 (commencing with Section 10100) of Division 2 of the Public Contract Code and from the requirements of Article 6 (commencing with Section 999) of Chapter 6 of Division 4 of the Military and Veterans Code.