NEWS

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
Recommended
Marshall CUSD C-2
$630,000
Hoover-Schrum Memorial SD 157
$700,000
United CUSD 304
$480,000
Round Lake Area SD 116
$850,000
Bradley-Bourbonnais CHSD 307
$850,000
Pontiac Twp HSD 90
$480,000
Carlinville CUSD 1
$828,000
Herrin CUSD 4
$660,000
Rich Twp HSD 227
$830,000
Thomasboro CCSD 130
$332,000
Creve Coeur District 76
$640,000
Unity Point CCSD 140
$675,000
Lincoln SD 156
$590,000
Madison CUSD 12
$850,000
Alton CUSD 11
$605,000
Total
$10,000,000

 

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