093_SB0381sam001 LRB093 05990 NHT 12470 a 1 AMENDMENT TO SENATE BILL 381 2 AMENDMENT NO. . Amend Senate Bill 381 by replacing 3 everything after the enacting clause with the following: 4 "Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing 5 Section 1D-1 and adding Section 2-3.51a as follows: 6 (105 ILCS 5/1D-1) 7 Sec. 1D-1. Block grant funding. 8 (a) For fiscal year 1996 and each fiscal year 9 thereafter, the State Board of Education shall award to a 10 school district having a population exceeding 500,000 11 inhabitants a general education block grant and an 12 educational services block grant, determined as provided in 13 this Section, in lieu of distributing to the district 14 separate State funding for the programs described in 15 subsections (b) and (c). The provisions of this Section, 16 however, do not apply to any federal funds that the district 17 is entitled to receive. In accordance with Section 2-3.32, 18 all block grants are subject to an audit. Therefore, block 19 grant receipts and block grant expenditures shall be recorded 20 to the appropriate fund code for the designated block grant. 21 (b) The general education block grant shall include the 22 following programs: REI Initiative, Summer Bridges, Preschool -2- LRB093 05990 NHT 12470 a 1 At Risk, K-6 Comprehensive Arts, School Improvement Support, 2 Urban Education, Scientific Literacy, Substance Abuse 3 Prevention, Second Language Planning, Staff Development, 4 Outcomes and Assessment, K-6 Reading Improvement, 7-12 5 Continued Reading Improvement, Truants' Optional Education, 6 Hispanic Programs, Agriculture Education, Gifted Education, 7 Parental Education, Prevention Initiative, Report Cards, and 8 Criminal Background Investigations. Notwithstanding any 9 other provision of law, all amounts paid under the general 10 education block grant from State appropriations to a school 11 district in a city having a population exceeding 500,000 12 inhabitants shall be appropriated and expended by the board 13 of that district for any of the programs included in the 14 block grant or any of the board's lawful purposes. 15 (c) The educational services block grant shall include 16 the following programs: Bilingual, Regular and Vocational 17 Transportation, State Lunch and Free Breakfast Program, 18 Special Education (Personnel, Extraordinary, Transportation, 19 Orphanage, Private Tuition), Summer School, Educational 20 Service Centers, and Administrator's Academy. This 21 subsection (c) does not relieve the district of its 22 obligation to provide the services required under a program 23 that is included within the educational services block grant. 24 It is the intention of the General Assembly in enacting the 25 provisions of this subsection (c) to relieve the district of 26 the administrative burdens that impede efficiency and 27 accompany single-program funding. The General Assembly 28 encourages the board to pursue mandate waivers pursuant to 29 Section 2-3.25g. 30 (d) For fiscal year 1996 and each fiscal year 31 thereafter, the amount of the district's block grants shall 32 be determined as follows: (i) with respect to each program 33 that is included within each block grant, the district shall 34 receive an amount equal to the same percentage of the current -3- LRB093 05990 NHT 12470 a 1 fiscal year appropriation made for that program as the 2 percentage of the appropriation received by the district from 3 the 1995 fiscal year appropriation made for that program, and 4 (ii) the total amount that is due the district under the 5 block grant shall be the aggregate of the amounts that the 6 district is entitled to receive for the fiscal year with 7 respect to each program that is included within the block 8 grant that the State Board of Education shall award the 9 district under this Section for that fiscal year. In the 10 case of the Summer Bridges program, the amount of the 11 district's block grant shall be equal to 44% of the amount of 12 the current fiscal year appropriation made for that program. 13 (e) The district is not required to file any application 14 or other claim in order to receive the block grants to which 15 it is entitled under this Section. The State Board of 16 Education shall make payments to the district of amounts due 17 under the district's block grants on a schedule determined by 18 the State Board of Education. 19 (f) A school district to which this Section applies 20 shall report to the State Board of Education on its use of 21 the block grants in such form and detail as the State Board 22 of Education may specify. 23 (g) This paragraph provides for the treatment of block 24 grants under Article 1C for purposes of calculating the 25 amount of block grants for a district under this Section. 26 Those block grants under Article 1C are, for this purpose, 27 treated as included in the amount of appropriation for the 28 various programs set forth in paragraph (b) above. The 29 appropriation in each current fiscal year for each block 30 grant under Article 1C shall be treated for these purposes as 31 appropriations for the individual program included in that 32 block grant. The proportion of each block grant so allocated 33 to each such program included in it shall be the proportion 34 which the appropriation for that program was of all -4- LRB093 05990 NHT 12470 a 1 appropriations for such purposes now in that block grant, in 2 fiscal 1995. 3 Payments to the school district under this Section with 4 respect to each program for which payments to school 5 districts generally, as of the date of this amendatory Act of 6 the 92nd General Assembly, are on a reimbursement basis shall 7 continue to be made to the district on a reimbursement basis, 8 pursuant to the provisions of this Code governing those 9 programs. 10 (h) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any 11 school district receiving a block grant under this Section 12 may classify all or a portion of the funds that it receives 13 in a particular fiscal year from any block grant authorized 14 under this Code or from general State aid pursuant to Section 15 18-8.05 of this Code (other than supplemental general State 16 aid) as funds received in connection with any funding program 17 for which it is entitled to receive funds from the State in 18 that fiscal year (including, without limitation, any funding 19 program referred to in subsection (c) of this Section), 20 regardless of the source or timing of the receipt. The 21 district may not classify more funds as funds received in 22 connection with the funding program than the district is 23 entitled to receive in that fiscal year for that program. 24 Any classification by a district must be made by a resolution 25 of its board of education. The resolution must identify the 26 amount of any block grant or general State aid to be 27 classified under this subsection (h) and must specify the 28 funding program to which the funds are to be treated as 29 received in connection therewith. This resolution is 30 controlling as to the classification of funds referenced 31 therein. A certified copy of the resolution must be sent to 32 the State Superintendent of Education. The resolution shall 33 still take effect even though a copy of the resolution has 34 not been sent to the State Superintendent of Education in a -5- LRB093 05990 NHT 12470 a 1 timely manner. No classification under this subsection (h) 2 by a district shall affect the total amount or timing of 3 money the district is entitled to receive under this Code. 4 No classification under this subsection (h) by a district 5 shall in any way relieve the district from or affect any 6 requirements that otherwise would apply with respect to the 7 block grant as provided in this Section, including any 8 accounting of funds by source, reporting expenditures by 9 original source and purpose, reporting requirements, or 10 requirements of provision of services. 11 (Source: P.A. 91-711, eff. 7-1-00; 92-568, eff. 6-26-02; 12 92-651, eff. 7-11-02.) 13 (105 ILCS 5/2-3.51a new) 14 Sec. 2-3.51a. Continued Reading Improvement Block Grant 15 Program. To improve the reading and study skills of children 16 from seventh through twelfth grade in school districts. The 17 State Board of Education is authorized to administer a 18 Continued Reading Improvement Block Grant Program. As used 19 in this Section, "school district" includes those schools 20 designated as laboratory schools. 21 (a) Funds for the Continued Reading Improvement Block 22 Grant Program shall be distributed to school districts on the 23 following basis: 70% of moneys shall be awarded on the prior 24 year's best 3 months average daily attendance and 30% shall 25 be distributed on the number of economically disadvantaged 26 (E.C.I.A. Chapter I) pupils in the district, provided that 27 the State Board may distribute an amount not to exceed 2% of 28 the moneys appropriated for the Continued Reading Improvement 29 Block Grant Program for the purpose of providing teacher 30 training and re-training in the teaching of reading. Program 31 funds shall be distributed to school districts in 2 32 semi-annual installments, one payment on or before October 30 33 and one payment prior to April 30 of each year. The State -6- LRB093 05990 NHT 12470 a 1 Board shall adopt any rules necessary for the implementation 2 of this program. 3 (b) Continued Reading Improvement Block Grant Program 4 funds shall be used by school districts in the following 5 manner to support students in grades 7 through 12 who are 6 reading significantly below grade level: 7 (1) to continue direct reading instruction for 8 grades 7 through 12, focusing on the application of 9 reading skills for understanding informational text; 10 (2) to focus on and to commit time and resources to 11 the reading of rich literature; 12 (3) to conduct intense vocabulary, spelling, and 13 related writing programs that promote better 14 understanding of language and words; 15 (4) to provide professional development based on 16 scientifically based research and best practices and 17 delivered by providers approved by the State Board of 18 Education; and 19 (5) to increase the availability of reading 20 specialists and teacher aides trained in research-based 21 reading intervention or improvement practices or both. 22 (c) Continued Reading Improvement Block Grant Program 23 funds shall be made available to each eligible school 24 district submitting an approved application developed by the 25 State Board, beginning with the 2003-2004 school year. 26 Applications shall include a proposed assessment method or 27 methods for measuring student reading skills. Such methods 28 may include the reading portion of State tests. At the end 29 of each school year the district shall report assessment 30 results to the State Board. Districts not demonstrating 31 performance progress using an approved assessment method 32 shall not be eligible for funding in the third or subsequent 33 years until such progress is established. 34 (d) The State Superintendent of Education, in -7- LRB093 05990 NHT 12470 a 1 cooperation with the school districts participating in the 2 program, shall annually report to the leadership of the 3 General Assembly on the results of the Continued Reading 4 Improvement Block Grant Program and the progress being made 5 on improving the reading skills of students in grades 7 6 through 12. 7 (e) Grants under the Continued Reading Improvement Block 8 Grant Program shall be awarded provided there is an 9 appropriation for the program, and funding levels for each 10 district shall be prorated according to the amount of the 11 appropriation. Funding for the program established under 12 Section 2-3.51 of this Code shall not be reduced in order to 13 fund the Continued Reading Improvement Block Grant Program. 14 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect on 15 July 1, 2003.".