CHAPTER 450

FORMERLY

SENATE BILL NO. 412

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14, CHAPTER 42, DELAWARE CODE, TO ESTABLISH A TECHNOLOGY BLOCK GRANT TO BE ADMINISTERED BY THE DELAWARE CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE :

Section 1. Amend Title 14, Chapter 42 by adding a new Section 4206 to read as follows:

“Section 4206. Technology Block Grants.

This Act creates a Technology Block Grant to be administered by the Delaware Center for Educational Technology (DCET) and Department of Education (DOE). DCET shall administer a non-competitive application process to determine grant awards to local school districts and charter schools. Funds provided by this Act shall be used for the purpose of supporting the maintenance, replacement, personnel and/or contractual requirements to maintain a system of technology within the school districts. Such funding distribution shall be calculated using a funding formula based on a per/pupil cost of technology maintenance. Notwithstanding the formula, each district shall be guaranteed a minimum level of block grant support. The formula developed shall be approved by the co-chairs of the Joint Finance Committee. It shall be the responsibility of the Department of Education, in consultation with DCET, to receive and disburse the block grant funds. The Department shall also be charged with the authority to verify the use of the funds and shall require each school district to annually report on expenditures of the funds.”

Approved July 21, 2000