Rep. Monique Davis filed a bill late yesterday that I suspect ILA will oppose. It will certainly be on the agenda for PPC’s meeting on Monday. This bill takes literacy grants away from the Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and gives the authority to the State Board of Education. It also allows diversion of Live and Learn funds to support the State Board of Education. Libraries are still listed as potential grantees, but I think this legislation could result in a substantial reallocation of Secretary of State grant funds.

Bill Summary HB 6913 Amends the Illinois Literacy Act, the State Finance Act, and the School Code. Provides that the authority of the Secretary of State to award grants that develop, expand, or support adult literacy programs through community programs administered by education agencies, libraries, or volunteer or community-based organizations is transferred to the State Board of Education on January 1, 2011. Provides that the awarding of grants must be based on documented literacy rate needs in communities. Provides that moneys in the Secretary of State Special Services Fund and the Live and Learn Fund may be transferred to the Adult Literacy Grant Fund (created as a special fund in the State treasury) for use by the State Board of Education for adult literacy grants. Effective immediately.

Full text of the bill.

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