ISBE awards $10 million to schools for technology upgrades

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Fifteen school districts to update technology through                                                             federal  stimulus  dollars                                                                


Springfield, IL — 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 i-Pods 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:

  • A school district that can demonstrate that teachers in its schools are effectively integrating technology and proven teaching practices into instruction.
  • An institution of higher education that is in full compliance with the reporting requirements of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and that has been identified as low-performing.
  • A for-profit technology business or organization.
  • A public or private non-profit with demonstrated expertise in the application of educational technology in instruction.

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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