(105 ILCS 45/1-50)
Education of Homeless Children and Youth State
(a) It is the purpose and intent of this Section to
establish a State grant program that parallels and supplements,
but operates independently of, the federal grant program
allocating funds for assistance under Subtitle B of Title VII
of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431
et seq.) and to establish a State grant program to support
school districts throughout this State in facilitating the
enrollment, attendance, and success of homeless children and
(b) Subject to appropriation, the State Board of Education
shall award competitive grants under an Education of Homeless
Children and Youth State Grant Program to applicant school
districts in accordance with this Section. Services provided by
school districts through the use of grant funds may not replace
the regular academic program and must be designed to expand
upon or improve services provided for homeless students as part
of the school's regular academic program.
(c) A school district that desires to receive a grant under
this Section shall submit an application to the State Board of
Education at such time, in such manner, and containing or
accompanied by such information as the State Board of Education
may reasonably require.
(d) Grants must be awarded on the basis of the need of the
school district for assistance under this Section and the
quality of the applications submitted.
(1) In determining need under this subsection (d),
the State Board of Education may consider the number of homeless children and youths enrolled in preschool, elementary school, and secondary school within the school district and shall consider the needs of such children and youths and the ability of the district to meet such needs. The State Board of Education may also consider the following:
(A) The extent to which the proposed use of funds
will facilitate the enrollment, retention, and educational success of homeless children and youths.
(B) The extent to which the application (i)
reflects coordination with other local and State agencies that serve homeless children and youths and (ii) describes how the applicant will meet the requirements of this Act and the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001.
(C) The extent to which the applicant exhibits
in the application and in current practice a commitment to education for all homeless children and youths.
(D) Such other criteria as the State Board
determines is appropriate.
(2) In determining the quality of applications under
this subsection (d), the State Board of Education shall consider the following:
(A) The applicant's assessment of needs and the
likelihood that the services presented in the application will meet such needs.
(B) The types, intensity, and coordination of the
(C) The involvement of parents or guardians of
homeless children or youths in the education of these children.
(D) The extent to which homeless children and
youths are effectively integrated within the regular education program.
(E) The quality of the applicant's evaluation
(F) The extent to which services provided will be
coordinated with other services available to homeless children and youths and their families.
(G) Such other measures as the State Board
considers indicative of high-quality services, such as the extent to which the school district will provide case management or related services to unaccompanied youths.
(e) Grants awarded under this Section shall be for terms
not to exceed 3 years, but are subject to annual appropriation for
the Education of Homeless Children and Youth State Grant Program. School districts shall use funds awarded under this Section only for those activities set forth in Section 723(d) of Subtitle B of Title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 (42 U.S.C. 11433(d)).
(f) The State Board of Education may use up to 5% of the
funds appropriated for the purposes of this Section for
administrative costs, including the hiring of positions for the
implementation and administration of the grant program,
provided that if no appropriation is made to the State Board of Education
for a given fiscal year for the purposes of the grant program,
then the State Board of Education is not required to make any expenditures
in support of the program during that fiscal year.
(Source: P.A. 96-1229, eff. 1-1-11.)