Illinois General Assembly - Full Text of SB1829
Illinois General Assembly

Previous General Assemblies

Full Text of SB1829  100th General Assembly


Sen. Michael E. Hastings

Filed: 4/3/2017





10000SB1829sam001LRB100 11349 MLM 24525 a


2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 1829 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Sections
52-3.71 and 2-3.89 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



10000SB1829sam001- 2 -LRB100 11349 MLM 24525 a

1    subcontract with other entities that are eligible to
2    conduct a preschool educational program. These grants must
3    be used to supplement, not supplant, funds received from
4    any other source.
5        (2) (Blank).
6        (3) Any teacher of preschool children in the program
7    authorized by this subsection shall hold an early childhood
8    teaching certificate. If the program is conducted at a
9    facility other than a public school, a teacher of preschool
10    children in a program authorized by this subsection (a) may
11    alternatively meet one of the following requirements: (i)
12    the teacher must hold a bachelor's degree in early
13    childhood education from an accredited institution of
14    higher education or (ii) the teacher must hold a bachelor's
15    degree in any field with 30 semester hours in early
16    childhood education from an accredited institution of
17    higher education.
18        (4) (Blank).
19        (4.5) The State Board of Education shall provide the
20    primary source of funding through appropriations for the
21    program. Such funds shall be distributed to achieve a goal
22    of "Preschool for All Children" for the benefit of all
23    children whose families choose to participate in the
24    program. Based on available appropriations, newly funded
25    programs shall be selected through a process giving first
26    priority to qualified programs serving primarily at-risk



10000SB1829sam001- 3 -LRB100 11349 MLM 24525 a

1    children and second priority to qualified programs serving
2    primarily children with a family income of less than 4
3    times the poverty guidelines updated periodically in the
4    Federal Register by the U.S. Department of Health and Human
5    Services under the authority of 42 U.S.C. 9902(2). For
6    purposes of this paragraph (4.5), at-risk children are
7    those who because of their home and community environment
8    are subject to such language, cultural, economic and like
9    disadvantages to cause them to have been determined as a
10    result of screening procedures to be at risk of academic
11    failure. Such screening procedures shall be based on
12    criteria established by the State Board of Education.
13        Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph (4.5),
14    grantees under the program must enter into a memorandum of
15    understanding with the appropriate local Head Start
16    agency. This memorandum must be entered into no later than
17    3 months after the award of a grantee's grant under the
18    program, except that, in the case of the 2009-2010 program
19    year, the memorandum must be entered into no later than the
20    deadline set by the State Board of Education for
21    applications to participate in the program in fiscal year
22    2011, and must address collaboration between the grantee's
23    program and the local Head Start agency on certain issues,
24    which shall include without limitation the following:
25            (A) educational activities, curricular objectives,
26        and instruction;



10000SB1829sam001- 4 -LRB100 11349 MLM 24525 a

1            (B) public information dissemination and access to
2        programs for families contacting programs;
3            (C) service areas;
4            (D) selection priorities for eligible children to
5        be served by programs;
6            (E) maximizing the impact of federal and State
7        funding to benefit young children;
8            (F) staff training, including opportunities for
9        joint staff training;
10            (G) technical assistance;
11            (H) communication and parent outreach for smooth
12        transitions to kindergarten;
13            (I) provision and use of facilities,
14        transportation, and other program elements;
15            (J) facilitating each program's fulfillment of its
16        statutory and regulatory requirements;
17            (K) improving local planning and collaboration;
18        and
19            (L) providing comprehensive services for the
20        neediest Illinois children and families.
21    If the appropriate local Head Start agency is unable or
22    unwilling to enter into a memorandum of understanding as
23    required under this paragraph (4.5), the memorandum of
24    understanding requirement shall not apply and the grantee
25    under the program must notify the State Board of Education
26    in writing of the Head Start agency's inability or



10000SB1829sam001- 5 -LRB100 11349 MLM 24525 a

1    unwillingness. The State Board of Education shall compile
2    all such written notices and make them available to the
3    public.
4        (5) The State Board of Education shall develop and
5    provide evaluation tools, including tests, that school
6    districts and other eligible entities may use to evaluate
7    children for school readiness prior to age 5. The State
8    Board of Education shall require school districts and other
9    eligible entities to obtain consent from the parents or
10    guardians of children before any evaluations are
11    conducted. The State Board of Education shall encourage
12    local school districts and other eligible entities to
13    evaluate the population of preschool children in their
14    communities and provide preschool programs, pursuant to
15    this subsection, where appropriate.
16        (6) The State Board of Education shall report to the
17    General Assembly by November 1, 2010 and every 3 years
18    thereafter on the results and progress of students who were
19    enrolled in preschool educational programs, including an
20    assessment of which programs have been most successful in
21    promoting academic excellence and alleviating academic
22    failure. The State Board of Education shall assess the
23    academic progress of all students who have been enrolled in
24    preschool educational programs.
25        On or before November 1 of each fiscal year in which
26    the General Assembly provides funding for new programs



10000SB1829sam001- 6 -LRB100 11349 MLM 24525 a

1    under paragraph (4.5) of this Section, the State Board of
2    Education shall report to the General Assembly on what
3    percentage of new funding was provided to programs serving
4    primarily at-risk children, what percentage of new funding
5    was provided to programs serving primarily children with a
6    family income of less than 4 times the federal poverty
7    level, and what percentage of new funding was provided to
8    other programs.
9    (b) (Blank).
10(Source: P.A. 95-724, eff. 6-30-08; 96-119, eff. 8-4-09;
1196-944, eff. 6-25-10; 96-948, eff. 6-25-10.)
12    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.89)  (from Ch. 122, par. 2-3.89)
13    Sec. 2-3.89. Programs concerning services to at-risk
14children and their families.
15    (a) The State Board of Education may provide grants to
16eligible entities, as defined by the State Board of Education,
17to establish programs which offer coordinated services to
18at-risk infants and toddlers and their families. Each program
19shall include a parent education program relating to the
20development and nurturing of infants and toddlers and case
21management services to coordinate existing services available
22in the region served by the program. These services shall be
23provided through the implementation of an individual family
24service plan. Each program will have a community involvement
25component to provide coordination in the service system.



10000SB1829sam001- 7 -LRB100 11349 MLM 24525 a

1    (b) The State Board of Education shall administer the
2programs through the grants to public school districts and
3other eligible entities. These grants must be used to
4supplement, not supplant, funds received from any other source.
5School districts and other eligible entities receiving grants
6pursuant to this Section shall conduct voluntary, intensive,
7research-based, and comprehensive prevention services, as
8defined by the State Board of Education, for expecting parents
9and families with children from birth to age 3 who are at-risk
10of academic failure. A public school district that receives a
11grant under this Section may subcontract with other eligible
13    (b-5) If the program is conducted by an eligible entity
14other than a public school, a teacher of preschool children in
15a program authorized by this Section shall meet one of the
16following requirements: (i) the teacher must hold an early
17childhood teaching certificate, (ii) the teacher must hold a
18bachelor's degree in early childhood education from an
19accredited institution of higher education, or (iii) the
20teacher must hold a bachelor's degree in any field with 30
21semester hours in early childhood education from an accredited
22institution of higher education.
23    (c) The State Board of Education shall report to the
24General Assembly by July 1, 2006 and every 2 years thereafter,
25using the most current data available, on the status of
26programs funded under this Section, including without



10000SB1829sam001- 8 -LRB100 11349 MLM 24525 a

1limitation characteristics of participants, services
2delivered, program models used, unmet needs, and results of the
3programs funded.
4(Source: P.A. 96-734, eff. 8-25-09.)
5    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
6becoming law.".