Each application of a local school district for federal funds or state funds shall include a comprehensive compensatory education plan which shall demonstrate that the district has fully utilized all other sources of funds, and the assistance of all volunteer aid offered by individuals and public and private organizations providing assistance for similar educational endeavors, and has effectively coordinated the same. This plan should emphasize a preventive program aimed at the child between the ages of three years and eight years, and have an ultimate goal of teaching the child to read, awakening the child’s interest in learning, giving the child a sense of success in school achievement, preventing the child’s alienation from the school, and preventing his possible early departure from school. It shall also include remedial programs for older children. Expenditures should be directed to schools with large concentrations of educationally disadvantaged children. If the situation involves disadvantaged children who speak English as a second language, any programs should include early English language instruction, and the use of teachers, teachers’ aides or volunteers who are proficient in the child’s primary language, and in-service training for teachers in that language.
(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)