Synopsis As Introduced Amends the School Code. Creates a K-3 class size reduction grant program to be implemented and administered by the State Board of Education. Provides that only those schools that are on the early academic warning list or academic watch list and that maintain grades K-3 are grant eligible. Limits use of the grant funds to operating and maintaining classes in grades K-3 with a class size of no more than 20 pupils. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Provides that grants shall be used and applied by schools to defray the costs and expenses of operating and maintaining classes in grades kindergarten through 3 with an average class size within a specific grade of no more than 20 pupils (instead of with a class size of no more than 20 pupils). Provides that if a school's facilities are inadequate to allow for this specified class size, then a school may use the grant funds for teacher aides instead.