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      105 ILCS 5/2-3.120 new
          Amends the School Code.  Provides that the State Board of
      Education is to implement and administer a 3-year Giant Steps
      pilot  program  and  make  grants  to  participating   school
      districts  for the study and evaluation of autism and related
      teacher training.  Effective July 1, 1997.
 1        AN ACT  to  amend  the  School  Code  by  adding  Section
 2    2-3.120.
 3        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 4    represented in the General Assembly:
 5        Section  5.  The School Code is amended by adding Section
 6    2-3.120 as follows:
 7        (105 ILCS 5/2-3.120 new)
 8        Sec.  2-3.120.   Giant   Steps   pilot   program.    From
 9    appropriations  made  for purposes of this Section, the State
10    Board of Education shall implement  and  administer  a  Giant
11    Steps  pilot  program  for the study and evaluation of autism
12    and to provide related teacher training.  The  program  shall
13    be  operated  over a period of 3 school years, beginning with
14    the 1997-1998 school year.  The State Board of  Education  is
15    authorized  to  make grants to school districts that apply to
16    participate in the Giant Steps  program  as  implemented  and
17    administered  by  the  State  Board  of Education.  The State
18    Board  of  Education  shall  by  rule  provide  the  form  of
19    application and criteria to be used and applied in  selecting
20    participating school districts.
21        Section  99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect July
22    1, 1997.

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