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Public Act 103-0264


Public Act 0264 103RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY



Public Act 103-0264
SB2374 EnrolledLRB103 28096 RJT 54475 b

    AN ACT concerning education.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
2-3.196 as follows:
    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.196 new)
    Sec. 2-3.196. Computer Science Equity Grant Program.
    (a) Subject to appropriation, the State Board shall
establish a competitive grant program to support the
development or enhancement of computer science programs in the
K-12 schools. Eligible entities are regional offices of
education, intermediate service centers, State higher
education institutions, schools designated as laboratory
schools, and school districts. Approved entities shall be
responsible for ensuring that appropriate facilities are
available and educators are appropriately trained on the use
of any technologies or devices acquired for the purposes of
the grant.
    (b) Computer Science Equity Grant Program funds shall be
used in the following manner consistent with application
requirements established by the State Board of Education as
provided in this Article:
        (1) to expand learning opportunities in grades K-12 to
    ensure that all students have access to computer science
    coursework that is aligned to rigorous State standards and
    emerging labor market needs;
        (2) to train and retrain teachers of grades K-12 to be
    more proficient in the teaching of computer science by
    providing professional development opportunities;
        (3) to supply classrooms with materials and equipment
    related to the teaching and learning of computer science;
        (4) to more effectively recruit and better serve K-12
    learners who are underrepresented in the computer science
    labor market for enrollment in computer science
    (c) Computer Science Equity Grant Program funds shall be
made available to each eligible entity upon completion of an
application process that is consistent with rules established
by the State Board of Education. The application shall include
the planned use of the funds; identification of need for the
funds that is supported by local, regional, and state data; a
plan for long-term sustainability; and a long-term plan for
continuous improvement.
    (d) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules as may
be necessary to implement the provision of this Article,
including, but not limited to, the identification of
additional prioritization areas for each competitive grant
application cycle that are within the scope of the authorized
uses. Priority consideration for all applications will be
given for proposals that intend to serve a majority of
learners or teachers with gender or racial/ethnic identities
that are underrepresented in the computer science labor
    (e) Up to 2 renewals of the grant will be allowed,
providing the entity awarded satisfactorily completes
programmatic reporting and meets program objectives
commensurate with application requirements set forth by the
State Board of Education.
    (f) Grants under the Computer Science Equity Grant Program
and funding levels for satisfactory applications may be
prorated according to the amount appropriated.

Effective Date: 1/1/2024