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 1        AN ACT concerning school technology.

 2        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section 5.   The  School  Code  is  amended  by  changing
 5    Section 2-3.117 as follows:

 6        (105 ILCS 5/2-3.117)
 7        Sec. 2-3.117.  School Technology Program.
 8        (a)  The  State  Board  of  Education  is  authorized  to
 9    provide   technology-based   learning   resources,  including
10    matching grants, to school districts to  improve  educational
11    opportunities  and  student achievement throughout the State.
12    School  districts  may  use  grants  for   technology-related
13    investments,  including  computer hardware, software, optical
14    media networks, and related wiring, to educate staff  to  use
15    that  equipment  in  a  learning context, and for other items
16    defined under rules adopted by the State Board of Education.
17        (b)  The State Board of Education is authorized,  to  the
18    extent  funds are available, to establish a statewide support
19    system for information, professional  development,  technical
20    assistance,    network   design   consultation,   leadership,
21    technology planning consultation, and  information  exchange;
22    to  expand  school district connectivity; and to increase the
23    quantity and  quality  of  student  and  educator  access  to
24    on-line  resources,  experts, and communications avenues from
25    moneys appropriated for the purposes of this Section.
26        (b-5)  The  State  Board  of  Education  may  enter  into
27    intergovernmental contracts or agreements  with  other  State
28    agencies, public community colleges, public libraries, public
29    and  private  colleges  and  universities,  museums on public
30    land, and other public agencies in the areas  of  technology,
31    telecommunications,  and information access, under such terms
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 1    as the parties may agree, if provided  that  those  contracts
 2    and  agreements  are  in  compliance  with  the Department of
 3    Central   Management    Services'    mandate    to    provide
 4    telecommunications services to all State agencies.
 5        (c)  The  State  Board of Education shall adopt all rules
 6    necessary for the administration  of  the  School  Technology
 7    Program,  including  but  not  limited  to rules defining the
 8    technology-related investments that qualify for funding,  the
 9    content   of   grant   applications   and  reports,  and  the
10    requirements for the local match.
11        (d)  The State Board of Education may establish  by  rule
12    provisions to waive the local matching requirement for school
13    districts determined unable to finance the local match.
14    (Source:  P.A.  89-21,  eff.  7-1-95;  90-388,  eff. 8-15-97;
15    90-566, eff. 1-2-98.)

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