California Code, Education Code - EDC § 33308.5

(a) Program guidelines issued by the State Department of Education shall be designed to serve as a model or example, and shall not be prescriptive.  Program guidelines issued by the department shall include written notification that the guidelines are merely exemplary, and that compliance with the guidelines is not mandatory.

(b) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall review all program guidelines prepared by the State Department of Education prior to issuance to local education agencies.  The superintendent shall approve the proposed guidelines only if he or she determines that all of the following conditions are met:

(1) The guidelines are necessary.

(2) The department has the authority to issue the guidelines.

(3) The guidelines are clear and appropriately referenced to, and consistent with, existing statutes and regulations.

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