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October 1, 2003

223 School Districts to get State Technology Grants

Springfield, Ill. -- The State Board of Education today released the names of 223 school districts throughout the state that will receive funds through the “Closing the Gap” (CTG) technology grant initiative. The non-competitive grant program, now in its third year, helps schools to “close the gap” by enhancing and expanding the districts’ community-based technology plans.

“Both students and teachers need technology-based resources to prepare for the future,” said State Superintendent of Education Robert E. Schiller. “These funds provide schools with the opportunity to purchase the necessary resources to meet standards set forth by the State Board of Education.”

Districts must have an approved technology plan in place and provide matching funds. The specific amount of the grant is based on a formula that takes into account the wealth of a district and the number of students with the district receiving a base amount. The more than $5.5 million in grants being awarded are funded through the Technology for Success Program, administered by the State Board.

CTG funds allow schools to purchase hardware, software, supplies and materials, online resources, etc. and provide professional development opportunities for teachers. All districts, university laboratory schools, state charter schools and area vocational centers were eligible to participate.

Since its inception the programs accomplishments include:

  • More than 98% of Illinois school districts have a community-based technology plan that has been approved by peer review panels.
  • Almost all Illinois districts, and a majority of school buildings, are now connected to the Internet.
  • CTG has assisted school districts in keeping technologies current.

The link below takes you to a list of districts that will receive grants for the 2003-2004 school year.

Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777