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  • Summary date: May 31 2018 - View Summary

    Directs the Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish the Educational Field Trips Grant Program (program) to assist local school administrative units and charter schools in providing off-site educational enrichment experiences to students. Funds appropriated for the program will be used to award matching grants of $1 dollar in State funds for every $1 in non-State funds. Directs the Superintendent to establish the great process by August 15, 2018, and accept grant applications for the first year of the program until October 15, 2018. For subsequent fiscal years in which funds are still available, applications will be accepted until September 15 of each year. 

    Requires the Superintendent to award funds to schools that will most benefit from the funds and that represent the diverse characteristics of the State, by considering the level of resources available to recipients and their geographic location. Award grants may not exceed $15,000 per grant for in-state field trips and $30,000 per grant for out-of-state field trips. 

    Appropriates $10 million in recurring funds for the 2018-19 fiscal year from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction to fund matching grants for school field trips. 

    Effective July 1, 2018, and applies to educational field trips beginning with the 2018-19 school year.