For Immediate Release
April 7, 2010

ISBE awards $10 million to schools for technology upgrades

Fifteen school districts to update technology through federal stimulus dollars

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Board of Education announced today it will distribute $10 million in recovery funds toward enhancing student achievement in literacy and mathematics with the use of one-to-one technology such as laptops, computer notebooks and iPod touches. The competitive grants were awarded to 15 districts across the state as part of a federal grant program designed to improve student academic achievement through the integration of technology in schools and help every student become technologically literate by the end of eighth grade.

“Thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, more school districts in Illinois will be able to increase access to critical technology and resources to enhance learning and better prepare them for academic and career success,” said State Superintendent Christopher A. Koch. “This will help students who might not otherwise have access to laptops and other technology keep up with their peers across the state and the nation.”

School districts that have the highest percentages of children from low income families and serve one or more schools identified for improvement under the No Child Left Behind Act, or have a substantial need for assistance in acquiring technology, were eligible to apply for the federal grant as well as eligible local partnerships. Such partnerships must include at least one high-need district and at least one of the following:

The grant period expires September 30, 2011. ISBE received and reviewed 182 proposals before awarding grants to the following districts:

District Name Amount
Marshall CUSD C-2
Hoover-Schrum Memorial SD 157
United CUSD 304
Round Lake Area SD 116
Bradley-Bourbonnais CHSD 307
Pontiac Twp HSD 90
Carlinville CUSD 1
Herrin CUSD 4
Rich Twp HSD 227
Thomasboro CCSD 130
Creve Coeur District 76
Unity Point CCSD 140
Lincoln SD 156
Madison CUSD 12
Alton CUSD 11