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105 ILCS 5/2-3.117a

    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.117a)
    Sec. 2-3.117a. School Technology Revolving Loan Program.
    (a) The State Board of Education is authorized to administer a School Technology Revolving Loan Program from funds appropriated from the School Technology Revolving Loan Fund for the purpose of making the financing of school technology hardware improvements affordable and making the integration of technology in the classroom possible. School technology loans shall be made available to public school districts, charter schools, area vocational centers, laboratory schools, and State-recognized, non-public schools to purchase technology hardware for eligible grade levels on a 2-year rotating basis: grades 9 through 12 in fiscal year 2004 and each second year thereafter and grades K through 8 in fiscal year 2005 and each second year thereafter. However, priority shall be given to public school districts, charter schools, area vocational centers, and laboratory schools that apply prior to October 1 of each year.
    The State Board of Education shall determine the interest rate the loans shall bear which shall not be greater than 50% of the rate for the most recent date shown in the 20 G.O. Bonds Index of average municipal bond yields as published in the most recent edition of The Bond Buyer, published in New York, New York. The repayment period for School Technology Revolving Loans shall not exceed 3 years. Participants shall use at least 90% of the loan proceeds for technology hardware investments for students and staff (including computer hardware, technology networks, related wiring, and other items as defined in rules adopted by the State Board of Education) and up to 10% of the loan proceeds for computer furniture. No participant whose equalized assessed valuation per pupil in average daily attendance is at the 99th percentile and above for all districts of the same type shall be eligible to receive a School Technology Revolving Loan under the provisions of this Section for that year.
    The State Board of Education shall have the authority to adopt all rules necessary for the implementation and administration of the School Technology Revolving Loan Program, including, but not limited to, rules defining application procedures, prescribing a maximum amount per pupil that may be requested annually, requiring appropriate local commitments for technology investments, prescribing a mechanism for disbursing loan funds in the event requests exceed available funds, specifying collateral, prescribing actions necessary to protect the State's interest in the event of default, foreclosure, or noncompliance with the terms and conditions of the loans, and prescribing a mechanism for reclaiming any items or equipment purchased with the loan funds in the case of the closure of a non-public school.
    (b) There is created in the State treasury the School Technology Revolving Loan Fund. The State Board shall have the authority to make expenditures from the Fund pursuant to appropriations made for the purposes of this Section, including refunds. There shall be deposited into the Fund such amounts, including but not limited to:
        (1) Transfers from the School Infrastructure Fund;
        (2) All receipts, including principal and interest
payments, from any loan made from the Fund;
        (3) All proceeds of assets of whatever nature
received by the State Board as a result of default or delinquency with respect to loans made from the Fund;
        (4) Any appropriations, grants, or gifts made to the
Fund; and
        (5) Any income received from interest on investments
of money in the Fund.
(Source: P.A. 96-734, eff. 8-25-09; 96-783, eff. 8-28-09; 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10.)