Sen. Pamela J. Althoff

Filed: 4/6/2011





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 1742 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Sections
51C-4 and 1D-1 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/1C-4)
7    Sec. 1C-4. Reports. The State Superintendent of Education,
8in cooperation with the school districts participating under
9this Article, shall annually report to the leadership of the
10General Assembly on the progress made in implementing this
11Article. By February 1, 1997, the State Board of Education
12shall submit to the Governor and General Assembly a
13comprehensive plan for Illinois school districts, including
14the school district that has been organized under Article 34
15and is under the jurisdiction of the Chicago Board of
16Education, to establish and implement a block grant funding



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1system for educational programs that are currently funded
2through single-program grants. Before submitting its plan to
3establish and implement a block grant funding system to the
4Governor and General Assembly as required by this Section, the
5State Board of Education shall give appropriate notice of and
6hold statewide public hearings on the subject of funding
7educational programs through block grants. The plan shall be
8designed to relieve school districts of the administrative
9burdens that impede efficiency and accompany single-program
11    A school district that receives an Early Childhood
12Education Block Grant shall report to the State Board of
13Education on its use of the block grant in such form and detail
14as the State Board of Education may specify. In addition, the
15report must include the following description for the district,
16which must also be reported to the General Assembly: block
17grant allocation and expenditures by program; population and
18service levels by program; and administrative expenditures by
19program. The State Board of Education shall ensure that the
20reporting requirements for a district organized under Article
2134 of this Code are the same as for all other school districts
22in this State.
23(Source: P.A. 88-555, eff. 7-27-94; 89-397, eff. 8-20-95;
2489-610, eff. 8-6-96.)
25    (105 ILCS 5/1D-1)



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1    Sec. 1D-1. Block grant funding.
2    (a) For fiscal year 1996 and each fiscal year thereafter,
3the State Board of Education shall award to a school district
4having a population exceeding 500,000 inhabitants a general
5education block grant and an educational services block grant,
6determined as provided in this Section, in lieu of distributing
7to the district separate State funding for the programs
8described in subsections (b) and (c). The provisions of this
9Section, however, do not apply to any federal funds that the
10district is entitled to receive. In accordance with Section
112-3.32, all block grants are subject to an audit. Therefore,
12block grant receipts and block grant expenditures shall be
13recorded to the appropriate fund code for the designated block
15    (b) The general education block grant shall include the
16following programs: REI Initiative, Summer Bridges, Preschool
17At Risk, K-6 Comprehensive Arts, School Improvement Support,
18Urban Education, Scientific Literacy, Substance Abuse
19Prevention, Second Language Planning, Staff Development,
20Outcomes and Assessment, K-6 Reading Improvement, 7-12
21Continued Reading Improvement, Truants' Optional Education,
22Hispanic Programs, Agriculture Education, Parental Education,
23Prevention Initiative, Report Cards, and Criminal Background
24Investigations. Notwithstanding any other provision of law,
25all amounts paid under the general education block grant from
26State appropriations to a school district in a city having a



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1population exceeding 500,000 inhabitants shall be appropriated
2and expended by the board of that district for any of the
3programs included in the block grant or any of the board's
4lawful purposes.
5    (c) The educational services block grant shall include the
6following programs: Bilingual, Regular and Vocational
7Transportation, State Lunch and Free Breakfast Program,
8Special Education (Personnel, Transportation, Orphanage,
9Private Tuition), funding for children requiring special
10education services, Summer School, Educational Service
11Centers, and Administrator's Academy. This subsection (c) does
12not relieve the district of its obligation to provide the
13services required under a program that is included within the
14educational services block grant. It is the intention of the
15General Assembly in enacting the provisions of this subsection
16(c) to relieve the district of the administrative burdens that
17impede efficiency and accompany single-program funding. The
18General Assembly encourages the board to pursue mandate waivers
19pursuant to Section 2-3.25g.
20    The funding program included in the educational services
21block grant for funding for children requiring special
22education services in each fiscal year shall be treated in that
23fiscal year as a payment to the school district in respect of
24services provided or costs incurred in the prior fiscal year,
25calculated in each case as provided in this Section. Nothing in
26this Section shall change the nature of payments for any



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1program that, apart from this Section, would be or, prior to
2adoption or amendment of this Section, was on the basis of a
3payment in a fiscal year in respect of services provided or
4costs incurred in the prior fiscal year, calculated in each
5case as provided in this Section.
6    (d) For fiscal year 1996 and each fiscal year thereafter,
7the amount of the district's block grants shall be determined
8as follows: (i) with respect to each program that is included
9within each block grant, the district shall receive an amount
10equal to the same percentage of the current fiscal year
11appropriation made for that program as the percentage of the
12appropriation received by the district from the 1995 fiscal
13year appropriation made for that program, and (ii) the total
14amount that is due the district under the block grant shall be
15the aggregate of the amounts that the district is entitled to
16receive for the fiscal year with respect to each program that
17is included within the block grant that the State Board of
18Education shall award the district under this Section for that
19fiscal year. In the case of the Summer Bridges program, the
20amount of the district's block grant shall be equal to 44% of
21the amount of the current fiscal year appropriation made for
22that program.
23    (e) The district is not required to file any application or
24other claim in order to receive the block grants to which it is
25entitled under this Section. The State Board of Education shall
26make payments to the district of amounts due under the



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1district's block grants on a schedule determined by the State
2Board of Education.
3    (f) A school district to which this Section applies shall
4report to the State Board of Education on its use of the block
5grants in such form and detail as the State Board of Education
6may specify. In addition, the report must include the following
7description for the district, which must also be reported to
8the General Assembly: block grant allocation and expenditures
9by program; population and service levels by program; and
10administrative expenditures by program. The State Board of
11Education shall ensure that the reporting requirements for the
12district are the same as for all other school districts in this
14    (g) This paragraph provides for the treatment of block
15grants under Article 1C for purposes of calculating the amount
16of block grants for a district under this Section. Those block
17grants under Article 1C are, for this purpose, treated as
18included in the amount of appropriation for the various
19programs set forth in paragraph (b) above. The appropriation in
20each current fiscal year for each block grant under Article 1C
21shall be treated for these purposes as appropriations for the
22individual program included in that block grant. The proportion
23of each block grant so allocated to each such program included
24in it shall be the proportion which the appropriation for that
25program was of all appropriations for such purposes now in that
26block grant, in fiscal 1995.



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1    Payments to the school district under this Section with
2respect to each program for which payments to school districts
3generally, as of the date of this amendatory Act of the 92nd
4General Assembly, are on a reimbursement basis shall continue
5to be made to the district on a reimbursement basis, pursuant
6to the provisions of this Code governing those programs.
7    (h) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any school
8district receiving a block grant under this Section may
9classify all or a portion of the funds that it receives in a
10particular fiscal year from any block grant authorized under
11this Code or from general State aid pursuant to Section 18-8.05
12of this Code (other than supplemental general State aid) as
13funds received in connection with any funding program for which
14it is entitled to receive funds from the State in that fiscal
15year (including, without limitation, any funding program
16referred to in subsection (c) of this Section), regardless of
17the source or timing of the receipt. The district may not
18classify more funds as funds received in connection with the
19funding program than the district is entitled to receive in
20that fiscal year for that program. Any classification by a
21district must be made by a resolution of its board of
22education. The resolution must identify the amount of any block
23grant or general State aid to be classified under this
24subsection (h) and must specify the funding program to which
25the funds are to be treated as received in connection
26therewith. This resolution is controlling as to the



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1classification of funds referenced therein. A certified copy of
2the resolution must be sent to the State Superintendent of
3Education. The resolution shall still take effect even though a
4copy of the resolution has not been sent to the State
5Superintendent of Education in a timely manner. No
6classification under this subsection (h) by a district shall
7affect the total amount or timing of money the district is
8entitled to receive under this Code. No classification under
9this subsection (h) by a district shall in any way relieve the
10district from or affect any requirements that otherwise would
11apply with respect to the block grant as provided in this
12Section, including any accounting of funds by source, reporting
13expenditures by original source and purpose, reporting
14requirements, or requirements of provision of services.
15(Source: P.A. 92-568, eff. 6-26-02; 92-651, eff. 7-11-02;
1693-21, eff. 7-1-03; 93-53, eff. 7-1-03; 93-1022, eff. 8-24-04.)
17    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 1,