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Full Text of HB2013  94th General Assembly

HB2013ham001 94TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie

Filed: 5/1/2006

 

 


 

 


 
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AMENDMENT TO HOUSE BILL 2013

2     AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 2013 by replacing
3 everything after the enacting clause with the following:
 
4     "Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
5 2-3.71 as follows:
 
6     (105 ILCS 5/2-3.71)  (from Ch. 122, par. 2-3.71)
7     Sec. 2-3.71. Grants for preschool educational programs.
8     (a) Preschool program.
9         (1) The State Board of Education shall implement and
10     administer a grant program under the provisions of this
11     subsection which shall consist of grants to public school
12     districts and other eligible entities, as defined by the
13     State Board of Education, to conduct voluntary preschool
14     educational programs for children ages 3 to 5 which include
15     a parent education component. A public school district
16     which receives grants under this subsection may
17     subcontract with other entities that are eligible to
18     conduct a preschool educational program. These grants must
19     be used to supplement, not supplant, funds received from
20     any other source.
21         (2) (Blank).
22         (3) Any teacher of preschool children in the program
23     authorized by this subsection shall hold an early childhood
24     teaching certificate.

 

 

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1         (4) This paragraph (4) applies before July 1, 2006 and
2     after June 30, 2008. The State Board of Education shall
3     provide the primary source of funding through
4     appropriations for the this program. Such funds shall be
5     distributed for the benefit of children who because of
6     their home and community environment are subject to such
7     language, cultural, economic and like disadvantages that
8     they have been determined as a result of screening
9     procedures to be at risk of academic failure. Such
10     screening procedures shall be based on criteria
11     established by the State Board of Education.
12         (4.5) This paragraph (4.5) applies from July 1, 2006
13     through June 30, 2008. The State Board of Education shall
14     provide the primary source of funding through
15     appropriations for the program. Such funds shall be
16     distributed to achieve a goal of "Preschool for All
17     Children" for the benefit of all children whose families
18     choose to participate in the program. Based on available
19     appropriations, newly funded programs shall be selected
20     through a process giving first priority to qualified
21     programs serving primarily at-risk children and second
22     priority to qualified programs serving primarily children
23     with a family income of less than 4 times the poverty
24     guidelines updated periodically in the Federal Register by
25     the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the
26     authority of 42 U.S.C. 9902(2). For purposes of this
27     paragraph (4.5), at-risk children are those who because of
28     their home and community environment are subject to such
29     language, cultural, economic and like disadvantages to
30     cause them to have been determined as a result of screening
31     procedures to be at risk of academic failure. Such
32     screening procedures shall be based on criteria
33     established by the State Board of Education.
34         On or before November 1 of each fiscal year in which

 

 

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1     the General Assembly provides funding for new programs
2     under this paragraph (4.5), the State Board of Education
3     shall report to the General Assembly on what percentage of
4     new funding was provided to programs serving primarily
5     at-risk children, what percentage of new funding was
6     provided to programs serving primarily children with a
7     family income of less than 4 times the federal poverty
8     level, and what percentage of new funding was provided to
9     other programs.
10         (5) The State Board of Education shall develop and
11     provide evaluation tools, including tests, that school
12     districts and other eligible entities may use to evaluate
13     children for school readiness prior to age 5. The State
14     Board of Education shall require school districts and other
15     eligible entities to obtain consent from the parents or
16     guardians of children before any evaluations are
17     conducted. The State Board of Education shall encourage
18     local school districts and other eligible entities to
19     evaluate the population of preschool children in their
20     communities and provide preschool programs, pursuant to
21     this subsection, where appropriate.
22         (6) The State Board of Education shall report to the
23     General Assembly by July 1, 2007 1989 and every 3 years
24     thereafter, on the results and progress of students who
25     were enrolled in preschool educational programs, including
26     an assessment of which programs have been most successful
27     in promoting academic excellence and alleviating academic
28     failure. The State Board of Education shall assess the
29     academic progress of all students who have been enrolled in
30     preschool educational programs.
31     (b) (Blank).
32 (Source: P.A. 94-506, eff. 8-8-05.)
 
33     Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 1,

 

 

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