Citations Affected: IC 20-5-64 .
Synopsis: Grants for community learning programs. Provides for
grants approved by the Indiana state board of education and provided
by the department of education for community learning programs.
Defines "community learning program" as a program of educational
opportunities for adults residing within the boundaries of a school
corporation. Requires the Indiana state board of education to establish
an application form and criteria for approval of applications. Requires
the Indiana state board of education to give preference to certain types
of community learning programs. Requires a school corporation to
report to the department of education regarding the use of the grant
funds. Makes an appropriation.
Effective: July 1, 2001.
January 22, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
education and to make an appropriation.
IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS
A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY
Chapter 64. Grants for Community Learning Programs
Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "board" refers to the Indiana state board of education established by IC 20-1-1-1.
Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "community learning program" means a program of educational opportunities for adults residing within the boundaries of a school corporation.
Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "qualifying school corporation" means a school corporation that has been approved by the board to receive a grant under this chapter.
Sec. 4. The board shall establish:
(1) an application form for grants for community learning programs; and
(2) criteria for approval of a grant application for a community learning program.
Sec. 5. A school corporation may submit an application to the board for a grant for a community learning program provided at a school in the school corporation.
Sec. 6. (a) The board shall review applications submitted under section 5 of this chapter and approve applications:
(1) that meet the criteria established under section 4 of this chapter; and
(2) by giving preference to community learning programs that include:
(A) adult literacy programs;
(B) distance learning;
(C) health seminars; and
(D) health screenings.
(b) Approval of applications under subsection (a) is subject to availability of funds.
Sec. 7. The department of education shall award grants approved under section 6 of this chapter.
Sec. 8. A grant under this chapter shall be made to a qualifying school corporation for a period of one (1) school year.
Sec. 9. Not later than the July 31 following a school year for which a grant is made under this chapter, the qualifying school corporation shall report to the department of education the number of adults who enroll in the community learning program and any other information concerning the community learning program that the department of education requires by rule adopted under section 10 of this chapter.
Sec. 10. The department of education shall adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 to implement this chapter.
SECTION 2. [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001] (a) There is appropriated to the department of education five million dollars ($5,000,000) from the state general fund for its use in carrying out the purposes of IC 20-5-64, as added by this act, for the period beginning July 1, 2001, and ending June 30, 2003.
(b) This SECTION expires June 30, 2003.