Bill Text: IL HB2426 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Engrossed

Bill Title: Amends the School Code. In provisions concerning the Early Childhood Education Block Grant, provides that (i) the requirement to fund programs for children ages 0-3 applies to funds distributed by this State and funds distributed to the Chicago school district, and the State Board of Education shall report annually, on or before December 1, on how much funding was allocated to programs for children ages 0-3 both by the State Board of Education and by the Chicago school district; and (ii) the requirement that the percentage of Early Childhood Education Block Grant funding allocated to programs for children ages 0-3 each fiscal year remain at least 20% of the overall Early Childhood Education Block Grant allocation, once that percentage has been reached, applies to funds distributed by this State and funds distributed to the Chicago school district. In provisions concerning grants for preschool educational programs and programs concerning services to at-risk children and their families, provides that the Chicago school district is also subject to the requirement to supplement, not supplant, funds received from other sources.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 6-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2017-04-25 - Assigned to Education [HB2426 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HB2426-Engrossed.html

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1 AN ACT concerning education.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
51D-1 as follows:
6 (105 ILCS 5/1D-1)
7 Sec. 1D-1. Block grant funding.
8 (a) For fiscal year 1996 and each fiscal year thereafter,
9the State Board of Education shall award to a school district
10having a population exceeding 500,000 inhabitants a general
11education block grant and an educational services block grant,
12determined as provided in this Section, in lieu of distributing
13to the district separate State funding for the programs
14described in subsections (b) and (c). The provisions of this
15Section, however, do not apply to any federal funds that the
16district is entitled to receive. In accordance with Section
172-3.32, all block grants are subject to an audit. Therefore,
18block grant receipts and block grant expenditures shall be
19recorded to the appropriate fund code for the designated block
21 (b) The general education block grant shall include the
22following programs: REI Initiative, Summer Bridges, Preschool
23Education At Risk, K-6 Comprehensive Arts, School Improvement

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1Support, Urban Education, Scientific Literacy, Substance Abuse
2Prevention, Second Language Planning, Staff Development,
3Outcomes and Assessment, K-6 Reading Improvement, 7-12
4Continued Reading Improvement, Truants' Optional Education,
5Hispanic Programs, Agriculture Education, Parental Training
6Education, Prevention Initiative, Report Cards, and Criminal
7Background Investigations. Notwithstanding any other provision
8of law, all amounts paid under the general education block
9grant from State appropriations to a school district in a city
10having a population exceeding 500,000 inhabitants shall be
11appropriated and expended by the board of that district for any
12of the programs included in the block grant or any of the
13board's lawful purposes. Beginning in Fiscal Year 2018, at
14least 25% of any additional Preschool Education, Parental
15Training, and Prevention Initiative program funding over and
16above the previous fiscal year's allocation shall be used to
17fund programs for children ages 0-3. Beginning in Fiscal Year
182018, funding for Preschool Education, Parental Training, and
19Prevention Initiative programs above the allocation for these
20programs in Fiscal Year 2017 must be used solely as a
21supplement for these programs and may not supplant funds
22received from other sources.
23 (c) The educational services block grant shall include the
24following programs: Regular and Vocational Transportation,
25State Lunch and Free Breakfast Program, Special Education
26(Personnel, Transportation, Orphanage, Private Tuition),

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1funding for children requiring special education services,
2Summer School, Educational Service Centers, and
3Administrator's Academy. This subsection (c) does not relieve
4the district of its obligation to provide the services required
5under a program that is included within the educational
6services block grant. It is the intention of the General
7Assembly in enacting the provisions of this subsection (c) to
8relieve the district of the administrative burdens that impede
9efficiency and accompany single-program funding. The General
10Assembly encourages the board to pursue mandate waivers
11pursuant to Section 2-3.25g.
12 The funding program included in the educational services
13block grant for funding for children requiring special
14education services in each fiscal year shall be treated in that
15fiscal year as a payment to the school district in respect of
16services provided or costs incurred in the prior fiscal year,
17calculated in each case as provided in this Section. Nothing in
18this Section shall change the nature of payments for any
19program that, apart from this Section, would be or, prior to
20adoption or amendment of this Section, was on the basis of a
21payment in a fiscal year in respect of services provided or
22costs incurred in the prior fiscal year, calculated in each
23case as provided in this Section.
24 (d) For fiscal year 1996 and each fiscal year thereafter,
25the amount of the district's block grants shall be determined
26as follows: (i) with respect to each program that is included

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1within each block grant, the district shall receive an amount
2equal to the same percentage of the current fiscal year
3appropriation made for that program as the percentage of the
4appropriation received by the district from the 1995 fiscal
5year appropriation made for that program, and (ii) the total
6amount that is due the district under the block grant shall be
7the aggregate of the amounts that the district is entitled to
8receive for the fiscal year with respect to each program that
9is included within the block grant that the State Board of
10Education shall award the district under this Section for that
11fiscal year. In the case of the Summer Bridges program, the
12amount of the district's block grant shall be equal to 44% of
13the amount of the current fiscal year appropriation made for
14that program.
15 (e) The district is not required to file any application or
16other claim in order to receive the block grants to which it is
17entitled under this Section. The State Board of Education shall
18make payments to the district of amounts due under the
19district's block grants on a schedule determined by the State
20Board of Education.
21 (f) A school district to which this Section applies shall
22report to the State Board of Education on its use of the block
23grants in such form and detail as the State Board of Education
24may specify. In addition, the report must include the following
25description for the district, which must also be reported to
26the General Assembly: block grant allocation and expenditures

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1by program; population and service levels by program; and
2administrative expenditures by program. The State Board of
3Education shall ensure that the reporting requirements for the
4district are the same as for all other school districts in this
6 (g) This paragraph provides for the treatment of block
7grants under Article 1C for purposes of calculating the amount
8of block grants for a district under this Section. Those block
9grants under Article 1C are, for this purpose, treated as
10included in the amount of appropriation for the various
11programs set forth in paragraph (b) above. The appropriation in
12each current fiscal year for each block grant under Article 1C
13shall be treated for these purposes as appropriations for the
14individual program included in that block grant. The proportion
15of each block grant so allocated to each such program included
16in it shall be the proportion which the appropriation for that
17program was of all appropriations for such purposes now in that
18block grant, in fiscal 1995.
19 Payments to the school district under this Section with
20respect to each program for which payments to school districts
21generally, as of the date of this amendatory Act of the 92nd
22General Assembly, are on a reimbursement basis shall continue
23to be made to the district on a reimbursement basis, pursuant
24to the provisions of this Code governing those programs.
25 (h) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any school
26district receiving a block grant under this Section may

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1classify all or a portion of the funds that it receives in a
2particular fiscal year from any block grant authorized under
3this Code or from general State aid pursuant to Section 18-8.05
4of this Code (other than supplemental general State aid) as
5funds received in connection with any funding program for which
6it is entitled to receive funds from the State in that fiscal
7year (including, without limitation, any funding program
8referred to in subsection (c) of this Section), regardless of
9the source or timing of the receipt. The district may not
10classify more funds as funds received in connection with the
11funding program than the district is entitled to receive in
12that fiscal year for that program. Any classification by a
13district must be made by a resolution of its board of
14education. The resolution must identify the amount of any block
15grant or general State aid to be classified under this
16subsection (h) and must specify the funding program to which
17the funds are to be treated as received in connection
18therewith. This resolution is controlling as to the
19classification of funds referenced therein. A certified copy of
20the resolution must be sent to the State Superintendent of
21Education. The resolution shall still take effect even though a
22copy of the resolution has not been sent to the State
23Superintendent of Education in a timely manner. No
24classification under this subsection (h) by a district shall
25affect the total amount or timing of money the district is
26entitled to receive under this Code. No classification under

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1this subsection (h) by a district shall in any way relieve the
2district from or affect any requirements that otherwise would
3apply with respect to the block grant as provided in this
4Section, including any accounting of funds by source, reporting
5expenditures by original source and purpose, reporting
6requirements, or requirements of provision of services.
7(Source: P.A. 97-238, eff. 8-2-11; 97-324, eff. 8-12-11;
897-813, eff. 7-13-12.)