03202019CM0609 rSPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) introduced legislation in committee today that would use Lottery revenue to fund grants STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) programs in low-income schools.

“Studies show that almost all future jobs will relate in some way to the skills learned in STEAM programs,” Martinez said. “Children in low-income schools must not be left behind. This measure will help make sure all children in our state have equal access to education in these vital areas.”

The measure would require the Department of the Lottery to offer a special instant scratch-off game, revenue from which would be deposited into the School STEAM Grant Program Fund to fund grants to low-income schools.

Senate Bill 1669 passed the Senate Executive Committee and now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

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