Synopsis As Introduced Amends the School Code. Repeals provisions concerning the Reading Improvement Block Grant Program. Provides instead that the State Board of Education shall make reading improvement grants to school districts in order to improve the reading and study skills of students in kindergarten through twelfth grade (from a separate appropriation made for these purposes). Provides that the State Board may use up to 2% of the appropriation for the purpose of providing teacher training and retraining. Provides that of the remaining funds (i) up to the first $5,000,000 in new funds in the 2003-2004 school year shall be distributed to districts serving grades 7 through 12 and (ii) the remainder of the appropriation shall be distributed to districts serving kindergarten through grade 6. Includes provisions concerning application requirements, reporting assessment results, eligibility in the third or subsequent years, requirements for the use of grants, and reporting results to the General Assembly. Effective July 1, 2003.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Amends the School Code. Provides that the State Board of Education has the power and duty to improve the reading and study skills of children from seventh through twelfth grade in school districts. Authorizes the State Board of Education to administer a Continued Reading Improvement Block Grant Program. Provides for how funds for the program shall be distributed to school districts and how funds shall be used by school districts. Requires the State Superintendent of Education to annually report to the leadership of the General Assembly on the results of the program and the progress being made on improving the reading skills of student in grades 7 through 12. Makes other changes. Effective July 1, 2003.