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90_SB0068 New Act 20 ILCS 3105/1A-9 from Ch. 127, par. 783.9 30 ILCS 105/5.449 new 30 ILCS 330/2 from Ch. 127, par. 652 30 ILCS 330/5 from Ch. 127, par. 655 30 ILCS 330/5.5 new 30 ILCS 330/12 from Ch. 127, par. 662 30 ILCS 330/19 from Ch. 127, par. 669 Creates the School Technology Improvement Act, to be administered by the State Board of Education as a State-school district matching technology improvement grant program. Amends the General Obligation Bond Act to increase the State's bonding authority by $1,000,000,000, earmarking $500,000,000 of that increase for grants to be made by the State Board for School Technology Improvement Act purposes and $500,000,000 of that increase for school construction grants. Amends the State Finance Act to create the School Technology Fund in the State Treasury. Amends the Capital Development Board Act to establish revised standards for the priority of school construction projects. Effective immediately. SRS90S0010KSch SRS90S0010KSch 1 AN ACT to create a State-school district matching 2 technology improvement grant program, amending named Acts. 3 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 4 represented in the General Assembly: 5 Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the 6 School Technology Improvement Act. 7 Section 5. Purpose. The purpose of this Act is to 8 provide technology-based learning resources for Illinois 9 public schools that will improve educational opportunities 10 and student achievement throughout the State. Technology has 11 revolutionized business and industry by increasing 12 productivity. Technology can improve the quality of 13 education in all public elementary and secondary schools in 14 Illinois by: 15 (1) encouraging students' motivation to learn; 16 (2) enhancing teacher training; 17 (3) increasing communication and parental involvement; 18 (4) improving curriculum; 19 (5) providing additional resources in classrooms to 20 improve student achievement; and 21 (6) increasing opportunities to learn throughout the 22 State. 23 Section 10. Grants Authorized. The State Board of 24 Education is authorized to make instructional technology 25 grants to school districts with funds appropriated by the 26 General Assembly from the School Technology Fund for this 27 purpose. 28 The grants shall be used for the purchase of 29 instructional technology, which shall include computer 30 hardware and software, necessary staff training on the -2- SRS90S0010KSch 1 equipment, and other items as defined by the State Board of 2 Education. 3 Each district qualifying for a State grant shall match 4 the State grant with local funds in an amount calculated as 5 follows: 6 District's Equalized Percentage To Be Funded 7 Assessed Value Per Pupil By State and District 8 For District's Type 9 (Unit, High School, 10 or Elementary) 11 Top third 30% State; 70% District 12 Middle third 50% State; 50% District 13 Lowest third 70% State; 30% District 14 Section 15. Technology Plan. Prior to receiving a 15 grant, a district must develop a plan for the use of 16 technology. This plan must reflect the school improvement 17 plans and the school improvement process within the district. 18 Section 20. Rules. The State Board of Education may 19 adopt all rules necessary for the administration of the grant 20 program, including but not limited to rules defining the 21 types of instructional equipment qualifying for funding, the 22 content of grant applications, and the requirements for the 23 local share of funding. 24 Section 90. The Capital Development Board Act is amended 25 by changing Section 1A-9 as follows: 26 (20 ILCS 3105/1A-9) (from Ch. 127, par. 783.9) 27 Sec. 1A-9. Priority of school construction projects. 28 The State Board of Education shall develop standards for the 29 determination of priority needs concerning Planning -3- SRS90S0010KSch 1 Assistance and School Construction Projects based upon the 2 approved District Facility Plans and the factors stated in 3 Sections 35-6, 35-9 and 35-10 of the School Code. 4 Such standards shall call for prioritization based on the 5 degree of need and project type in the following order: 6 (1) Replacement or reconstruction of school buildings 7 destroyed or damaged by flood, tornado, fire, earthquake, or 8 other disasters, either man-made or produced by nature. 9 (2) Districts experiencing a shortage of classrooms due 10 to population growth. 11 (3) Interdistrict reorganization of school districts 12 contingent on local referenda or regional board of school 13 trustees actions. 14 (4) Alterations necessary to provide accessibility for 15 qualified individuals with disabilities. 16 (5) Replacement or reconstruction of school facilities 17 which are determined to be severe and continuing health/life 18 safety hazards. 19 (6) Other unique solutions to facility needs.
Such20 standards shall give priority to assisting consolidation of21 school districts and shall consider the physical condition of22 existing facilities together with other data contained in23 District Facility Plans. Such standards shall also give24 priority to expediting the replacement or reconstruction of25 school buildings destroyed or damaged by flood, tornado,26 fire, or other disaster produced solely by nature. Standards27 developed for determining priority needs shall be widely28 promulgated so that school districts can reasonably29 anticipate the timing and extent of the State's financial30 support of the District's Facility Plan.31 If Planning Assistance or School Construction Projects 32 are approved in any year but financial support is not given 33 due to lack of adequate appropriations, awarding of 34 contracts, or for any other reason, such Planning Assistance -4- SRS90S0010KSch 1 or School Construction Projects shall be reconsidered along 2 with any new Planning Assistance or School Construction 3 Projects submitted the following year placed ahead of any new4 Assistance or Projects that are approved for the following5 year. 6 (Source: P.A. 79-1098.) 7 Section 93. The State Finance Act is amended by adding 8 Section 5.449 as follows: 9 (30 ILCS 105/5.449 new) 10 Sec. 5.449. The School Technology Fund. 11 Section 95. The General Obligation Bond Act is amended 12 by changing Sections 2, 5, 12, and 19 and adding Section 5.5 13 as follows: 14 (30 ILCS 330/2) (from Ch. 127, par. 652) 15 Sec. 2. Authorization for Bonds. The State of Illinois 16 is authorized to issue, sell and provide for the retirement 17 of General Obligation Bonds of the State of Illinois in the 18 total amount of $9,146,008,392 $8,146,008,392herein called 19 "Bonds". 20 Of the total amount of bonds authorized above, up to 21 $1,700,000,000 in aggregate original principal amount may be 22 issued and sold in accordance with the Baccalaureate Savings 23 Act in the form of General Obligation College Savings Bonds. 24 Of the total amount of bonds authorized above, up to 25 $300,000,000 in aggregate original principal amount may be 26 issued and sold in accordance with the Retirement Savings Act 27 in the form of General Obligation Retirement Savings Bonds. 28 The issuance and sale of Bonds pursuant to the General 29 Obligation Bond Act is an economical and efficient method of 30 financing the capital needs of the State. This Act will -5- SRS90S0010KSch 1 permit the issuance of a multi-purpose General Obligation 2 Bond with uniform terms and features. This will not only 3 lower the cost of registration but also reduce the overall 4 cost of issuing debt by improving the marketability of 5 Illinois General Obligation Bonds. 6 Bonds shall be issued for the categories and specific 7 purposes expressed in Sections 2 through 8 and Section 16 of 8 this Act. 9 (Source: P.A. 87-144; 87-173; 87-836; 87-873; 88-93; 88-472; 10 88-552, eff. 7-14-94; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.) 11 (30 ILCS 330/5) (from Ch. 127, par. 655) 12 Sec. 5. School construction. 13 (a) The amount of $58,450,000 is authorized to make 14 grants to local school districts for the acquisition, 15 development, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, 16 improvement, financing, architectural planning and 17 installation of capital facilities, including but not limited 18 to those required for special education building projects 19 provided for in Article 14 of the School Code, consisting of 20 buildings, structures, and durable equipment, and for the 21 acquisition and improvement of real property and interests in 22 real property required, or expected to be required, in 23 connection therewith. 24 Of the additional bond authorization added by this 25 amendatory Act of 1997, $500,000,000 shall be used for grants 26 for the purposes authorized by this subsection, using the 27 Grant Index of Section 1A-3 of the Capital Development Board 28 Act. The bonds shall be issued over a 10-year period in 29 amounts not to exceed the following for each year of the 30 10-year period, provided that bonds authorized but not issued 31 in an earlier year may be issued in any later year: 32 Year Amount 33 1 $25,000,000 -6- SRS90S0010KSch 1 2 $37,500,000 2 3 $50,000,000 3 4 $62,500,000 4 5 $62,500,000 5 6 $62,500,000 6 7-10 $50,000,000 each such year 7 (b) $22,550,000, or so much thereof as may be necessary, 8 for grants to school districts for the making of principal 9 and interest payments, required to be made, on bonds issued 10 by such school districts after January 1, 1969, pursuant to 11 any indenture, ordinance, resolution, agreement or contract 12 to provide funds for the acquisition, development, 13 construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, improvement, 14 architectural planning and installation of capital facilities 15 consisting of buildings, structures, durable equipment and 16 land for educational purposes or for lease payments required 17 to be made by a school district for principal and interest 18 payments on bonds issued by a Public Building Commission 19 after January 1, 1969. 20 (c) $10,000,000 for grants to school districts for the 21 acquisition, development, construction, reconstruction, 22 rehabilitation, improvement, architectural planning and 23 installation of capital facilities consisting of buildings 24 structures, durable equipment and land for special education 25 building projects. 26 (d) $9,000,000 for grants to school districts for the 27 reconstruction, rehabilitation, improvement, financing and 28 architectural planning of capital facilities, including 29 construction at another location to replace such capital 30 facilities, consisting of those public school buildings and 31 temporary school facilities which, prior to January 1, 1984, 32 were condemned by the regional superintendent under Section 33 3-14.22 of The School Code or by any State official having 34 jurisdiction over building safety. -7- SRS90S0010KSch 1 (Source: P.A. 84-1227.) 2 (30 ILCS 330/5.5 new) 3 Sec. 5.5. School technology improvement. The amount of 4 $500,000,000 is authorized for grants to be made by the State 5 Board of Education in the manner and for the purposes 6 specified in the School Technology Improvement Act. The 7 bonds shall be issued over a 10-year period in amounts 8 totaling $50,000,000 each year. 9 (30 ILCS 330/12) (from Ch. 127, par. 662) 10 Sec. 12. Allocation of proceeds from sale of bonds. 11 (a) Proceeds from the sale of Bonds, authorized by 12 Section 3 of this Act, shall be deposited in the separate 13 fund known as the Capital Development Fund. 14 (b) Proceeds from the sale of Bonds, authorized by 15 paragraph (a) of Section 4 of this Act, shall be deposited in 16 the separate fund known as the Transportation Bond, Series A 17 Fund. 18 (c) Proceeds from the sale of Bonds, authorized by 19 paragraphs (b) and (c) of Section 4 of this Act, shall be 20 deposited in the separate fund known as the Transportation 21 Bond, Series B Fund. 22 (d) Proceeds from the sale of Bonds, authorized by 23 Section 5 of this Act, shall be deposited in the separate 24 fund known as the School Construction Fund. 25 (d-5) Proceeds from the sale of bonds, authorized by 26 Section 5.5 of this Act, shall be deposited in the separate 27 fund known as the School Technology Fund. 28 (e) Proceeds from the sale of Bonds, authorized by 29 Section 6 of this Act, shall be deposited in the separate 30 fund known as the Anti-Pollution Fund. 31 (f) Proceeds from the sale of Bonds, authorized by 32 Section 7 of this Act, shall be deposited in the separate -8- SRS90S0010KSch 1 fund known as the Coal Development Fund. 2 (g) Proceeds from the sale of Bonds, authorized by 3 Section 8 of this Act, shall be deposited in the Capital 4 Development Fund. 5 (h) Subsequent to the issuance of any Bonds for the 6 purposes described in Sections 2 through 8 of this Act, the 7 Governor and the Director of the Bureau of the Budget may 8 provide for the reallocation of unspent proceeds of such 9 Bonds to any other purposes authorized under said Sections of 10 this Act, subject to the limitations on aggregate principal 11 amounts contained therein. Upon any such reallocation, such 12 unspent proceeds shall be transferred to the appropriate 13 funds as determined by reference to paragraphs (a) through 14 (g) of this Section. 15 (Source: P.A. 86-453; 86-1017.) 16 (30 ILCS 330/19) (from Ch. 127, par. 669) 17 Sec. 19. Investment of money not needed for current 18 expenditures; application of earnings. 19 (a) The State Treasurer may, with the Governor's 20 approval, invest and reinvest any money from the Capital 21 Development Fund, the Transportation Bond, Series A Fund, the 22 Transportation Bond, Series B Fund, the School Construction 23 Fund, the School Technology Fund, the Anti-Pollution Fund, 24 the Coal Development Fund and the General Obligation Bond 25 Retirement and Interest Fund, in the State Treasury, which is 26 not needed for current expenditures due or about to become 27 due from these funds. 28 (b) Monies received from the sale or redemption of 29 investments from the Transportation Bond, Series A Fund shall 30 be deposited by the State Treasurer in the Road Fund. 31 Monies received from the sale or redemption of 32 investments from the Capital Development Fund, the 33 Transportation Bond, Series B Fund, the School Construction -9- SRS90S0010KSch 1 Fund, the School Technology Fund, the Anti-Pollution Fund, 2 and the Coal Development Fund shall be deposited by the State 3 Treasurer in the General Revenue Fund. 4 Monies from the sale or redemption of investments from 5 the General Obligation Bond Retirement and Interest Fund 6 shall be deposited in the General Obligation Bond Retirement 7 and Interest Fund. 8 (c) Monies from the Capital Development Fund, the 9 Transportation Bond, Series A Fund, the Transportation Bond, 10 Series B Fund, the School Construction Fund, the School 11 Technology Fund, the Anti-Pollution Fund, and the Coal 12 Development Fund may be invested as permitted in the State 13 Finance Act "AN ACT in relation to State moneys", approved14 June 28, 1919, as amendedand in the Public Funds Investment 15 Act "AN ACT relating to certain investments of public funds16 by public agencies", approved July 23, 1943, as amended. 17 Monies from the General Obligation Bond Retirement and 18 Interest Fund may be invested in securities constituting 19 direct obligations of the United States Government, or 20 obligations, the principal of and interest on which are 21 guaranteed by the United States Government, or certificates 22 of deposit of any state or national bank or savings and loan 23 association. For amounts not insured by the Federal Deposit 24 Insurance Corporation or the Federal Savings and Loan 25 Insurance Corporation, as security the State Treasurer shall 26 accept securities constituting direct obligations of the 27 United States Government, or obligations, the principal of 28 and interest on which are guaranteed by the United States 29 Government. 30 (d) Accrued interest paid to the State at the time of 31 the delivery of the Bonds shall be deposited into the General 32 Obligation Bond Retirement and Interest Fund in the State 33 Treasury. 34 (Source: P.A. 84-1248; 84-1474.) -10- SRS90S0010KSch 1 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 2 becoming law.
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