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92_SB1106 LRB9204114NTtmA 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 -2- LRB9204114NTtmA 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 andinduction 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 -3- LRB9204114NTtmA 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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