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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
52-3.196 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.196 new)
7    Sec. 2-3.196. Paid school social worker internships; grant
9    (a) Beginning with the 2023-2024 school year, all
10internships for school social workers must be paid
12    (b) Subject to appropriation, the State Board of Education
13shall award competitive grants on an annual basis to school
14districts to assist in the funding of these paid internships.
15    (c) Subject to appropriation, the State Board of Education
16shall annually disseminate a request for applications to the
17grant program under subsection (b), and funds shall be
18distributed annually. Higher priority shall be given to
19schools that demonstrate a shortage of school social workers,
20which is determined by the average ratio of school social
21workers to students in the target school district over the
22preceding 3 school years.
23    (d) Subject to appropriation, the State Board of Education



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1shall produce an annual report on the grant program in
2cooperation with the school districts participating in the
3program. The report shall include information on which school
4districts received grants and how much money was disseminated.
5This report shall be posted on the State Board of Education's
6website by October 31, 2024 and each year thereafter.
7    (e) The State Board of Education may adopt any rules
8necessary for the implementation of this Section.
9    Section 10. The Board of Higher Education Act is amended
10by adding Section 9.43 as follows:
11    (110 ILCS 205/9.43 new)
12    Sec. 9.43. School social worker field placement grants.
13    (a) In this Section, "racial minority" means a person who
14is a citizen of the United States or a lawful permanent
15resident immigrant of the United States and who is:
16        (1) Black;
17        (2) Hispanic;
18        (3) Asian American; or
19        (4) American Indian or Alaskan Native.
20    (b) Subject to appropriation, the Board shall award
21competitive grants on an annual basis to colleges and
22universities in this State to fund field placements for social
24    (c) Subject to appropriation, colleges and universities



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1shall annually disseminate a request for applications from
2students under the grant program under subsection (b), and
3funds shall be distributed annually.
4    (d) Colleges and universities, upon receiving funding
5under subsection (c), shall provide applications to students
6eligible for this funding. A college or university shall give
7priority to applicants who are members of a racial minority.
8    (e) Each college or university that receives funds under
9this Section shall provide an annual report to the Board. This
10report shall include the number of students who received funds
11and the racial background of these students. The Board shall
12post the report from each college or university on the Board's
13website by October 31, 2024 and each year thereafter.
14    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
15becoming law.