The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 52244 is added to the Education Code, to read:
To the extent federal funding is available, there is hereby established a grant program for the purpose of awarding grants, beginning in the 2015-16 fiscal year,
grants to cover the costs of advanced placement
Advanced Placement (AP) examination fees or International Baccalaureate (IB) examination fees, or both, for eligible economically disadvantaged high school pupils. The department shall administer this program.
(b) An "eligible economically disadvantaged high school pupil" means a pupil who is either from a family whose annual household income is below 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a pupil who is eligible for a federal free or reduced-price meal program.
(c) A school district may apply to the department for grant funding pursuant to this section, based on the number of economically disadvantaged pupils in the school district enrolled in advanced placement courses who will take the next offered advanced placement examinations. A school district that applies to the department for this purpose shall designate school district 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 high school pupils to take an advanced placement or International Baccalaureate examination, or both.
(d) An eligible economically disadvantaged high school pupil who is enrolled in an advanced placement or International Baccalaureate course, or both, may apply to the designated school district staff for a grant pursuant to this section. A pupil who receives a grant shall 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 advanced placement or International Baccalaureate examinations.
(g) If the total school district applications 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
budgeted by the state
allocated in the annual Budget Act or another statute for this purpose. Funding priority shall be given to advanced placement 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 reimbursement, the department may enter into a contract with the provider of advanced placement or International Baccalaureate 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.
(i) The department shall make every effort to obtain and allocate federal funding for purposes of this program before expending any state funds. All state and federal funds obtained by the department for purposes of this program shall be expended for these purposes only and are prohibited from being used to fund any other program.