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 1        AN ACT relating to education.

 2        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section 5.   The  School  Code  is  amended  by  changing
 5    Sections 1C-2 and 2-3.51.5 as follows:

 6        (105 ILCS 5/1C-2)
 7        Sec. 1C-2.  Block grants.
 8        (a)  For   fiscal   year   1999,  and  each  fiscal  year
 9    thereafter, the State  Board  of  Education  shall  award  to
10    school districts block grants as described in subsections (b)
11    and  (c).  The  State  Board of Education may adopt rules and
12    regulations  necessary  to   implement   this   Section.   In
13    accordance  with  Section  2-3.32, all state block grants are
14    subject to an audit.  Therefore,  block  grant  receipts  and
15    block grant expenditures shall be recorded to the appropriate
16    fund code.
17        (b)  A  Professional  Development  Block  Grant  shall be
18    created by combining the existing  School  Improvement  Block
19    Grant   and   the   REI  Initiative.  These  funds  shall  be
20    distributed to  school  districts  based  on  the  number  of
21    full-time  certified  instructional  staff  employed  in  the
22    district.   Beginning July 1, 2001, this block grant shall be
23    combined with  and  distributed  as  the  School  Safety  and
24    Educational  Improvement  Block Grant to increase flexibility
25    for school districts and to encourage the use of  the  School
26    Safety   and   Educational   Improvement   Block   Grant  for
27    professional development purposes.
28        (c)  An Early Childhood Education Block  Grant  shall  be
29    created   by  combining  the  following  programs:  Preschool
30    Education,  Parental  Training  and  Prevention   Initiative.
31    These  funds  shall  be  distributed  to school districts and
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 1    other entities on a competitive basis.  Eight percent of this
 2    grant shall be used to fund programs for children ages 0-3.
 3    (Source: P.A. 89-397,  eff.  8-20-95;  90-548,  eff.  1-1-98;
 4    90-653, eff. 7-29-98.)

 5        (105 ILCS 5/2-3.51.5)
 6        Sec. 2-3.51.5.  School Safety and Educational Improvement
 7    Block  Grant  Program.  To improve the level of education and
 8    safety of students from  kindergarten  through  grade  12  in
 9    school districts.  The State Board of Education is authorized
10    to  fund  a  School  Safety and Educational Improvement Block
11    Grant Program.
12        (1)  The program shall provide funding for school safety,
13    classroom library books, textbooks and software, school-based
14    professional  development  based  on   best   practices   and
15    scientifically-based research, teacher training and induction
16    and  mentoring,  curriculum development, school improvements,
17    remediation programs under subsection (a) of Section  2-3.64,
18    school  report  cards  under  Section  10-17a,  and  criminal
19    background investigations under Sections 10-21.9 and 34-18.5.
20    A  school district or laboratory school as defined in Section
21    18-8 or 18-8.05 is not required to  file  an  application  in
22    order  to  receive  the  categorical  funding  to which it is
23    entitled under this Section.  Funds for the School Safety and
24    Educational  Improvement  Block  Grant   Program   shall   be
25    distributed  to school districts and laboratory schools based
26    on the prior year's best 3 months average  daily  attendance.
27    The  State  Board  of  Education  shall  promulgate rules and
28    regulations necessary for the implementation of this program.
29        (2)  Distribution of moneys to school districts shall  be
30    made  in 2 semi-annual installments, one payment on or before
31    October 30, and one payment prior to April 30, of each fiscal
32    year.
33        (3)  Grants  under  the  School  Safety  and  Educational
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 1    Improvement Block Grant Program  shall  be  awarded  provided
 2    there is an appropriation for the program, and funding levels
 3    for  each  district shall be prorated according to the amount
 4    of the appropriation.
 5    (Source: P.A. 90-548, eff. 1-1-98; 91-711, eff. 7-1-00.)

 6        Section 99.  Effective date.  This Act  takes  effect  on
 7    July 1, 2001.

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