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Full Text of SB0238  99th General Assembly




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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 changing Section
51C-2 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/1C-2)
7    Sec. 1C-2. Block grants.
8    (a) For fiscal year 1999, and each fiscal year thereafter,
9the State Board of Education shall award to school districts
10block grants as described in subsection (c). The State Board of
11Education may adopt rules and regulations necessary to
12implement this Section. In accordance with Section 2-3.32, all
13state block grants are subject to an audit. Therefore, block
14grant receipts and block grant expenditures shall be recorded
15to the appropriate fund code.
16    (b) (Blank).
17    (c) An Early Childhood Education Block Grant shall be
18created by combining the following programs: Preschool
19Education, Parental Training and Prevention Initiative. These
20funds shall be distributed to school districts and other
21entities on a competitive basis. Not less than 14% of the Early
22Childhood Education Block Grant allocation of funds this grant
23shall be used to fund programs for children ages 0-3, which



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1percentage shall increase to at least 20% by Fiscal Year 2016.
2Beginning in Fiscal Year 2016, at least 25% of any additional
3Early Childhood Education Block Grant funding over and above
4the previous fiscal year's allocation shall be used to fund
5programs for children ages 0-3. Once the percentage of Early
6Childhood Education Block Grant funding allocated to programs
7for children ages 0-3 reaches 20% of the overall Early
8Childhood Education Block Grant allocation for a full fiscal
9year, thereafter in subsequent fiscal years the percentage of
10Early Childhood Education Block Grant funding allocated to
11programs for children ages 0-3 each fiscal year shall remain at
12least 20% of the overall Early Childhood Education Block Grant
13allocation. However, if, in a given fiscal year, the amount
14appropriated for the Early Childhood Education Block Grant is
15insufficient to increase the percentage of the grant to fund
16programs for children ages 0-3 without reducing the amount of
17the grant for existing providers of preschool education
18programs, then the percentage of the grant to fund programs for
19children ages 0-3 may be held steady instead of increased.
20(Source: P.A. 98-645, eff. 7-1-14.)
21    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
22becoming law.