92nd General Assembly
Summary of HB0216
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SCH CD K-5 CLASS SIZE REDUC                                                

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Amends the School Code.  Creates a K-5 class size reduction grant      
   program to be implemented and  administered  by  the  State  Board  of      
   Education.   Provides  for  the  award of grants by the State Board of      
   Education to school  districts  that  maintain  grades  K-5,  have  an      
   average  class  size  for  any  such  grade  of at least 23 pupils per      
   classroom at the time  of  applying  for  a  grant,  and  agree  as  a      
   condition of the grant to reduce the size of each classroom maintained      
   for  pupils  in  a  grade  with respect to which a grant is made by at      
   least 5 pupils per classroom.  Provides that no grant funds are to  be      
   awarded  to enable a district to reduce classroom size to less than 18      
   pupils.  Limits use of the grant funds to  operating  and  maintaining      
   classes  in grades K-5 that meet the criteria established by the grant      
   program. Effective July 1, 2001.                                            
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                 
        Provides that the class  size  reduction  grant  program  is  for      
   grades  kindergarten  through  3  (instead of 5).  Removes a provision      
   that requires the State  Board  of  Education  to  award  grants  from      
   available  federal  class  size reduction funds.  Changes the criteria      
   required for the award of a grant by providing instead that  (i)  only      
   those  districts  that maintain grades kindergarten through 3 shall be      
   grant eligible, (ii) no grant funds shall be  used  for  grades  other      
   than  kindergarten through 3, (iii) no grant funds shall be awarded to      
   a district where the average class size in grades kindergarten through      
   3 is already 18 pupils or fewer, and (iv)  where  feasible,  districts      
   must target these grant funds to the grade level where class sizes are      
   highest or to the school or schools where class sizes are highest.          
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE

   Last action date: JAN-07-2003

           Location: House

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   1     SENATE -   0


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