Tuesday, February 21, 2017

ISBE Briefs

State Board seeks $266.4 million increase

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) finalized its fiscal year 2018 budget recommendations on Jan. 24 for pre-K through 12th grade schools. The total budget recommendations amount to $7.727 billion, an increase of $266.4 million (3.45 percent) over FY 2017 levels.

ISBE held three public hearings in different parts of the state to gather feedback on school spending needs and priorities before formulating its budget recommendations.

The agency recommends funding General State Aid (GSA) in FY 2018 at the Foundation Level of $6,119 per student, and maintaining the current GSA appropriation of $5.078 billion. The Foundation Level represents the mandated minimum level of funding required to meet the basic education needs of one student in public schools.

More information on the ISBE-proposed budget is available via an agency news release.

 For further details, view the agency’s complete FY 2018 budget.


Nonpublic/Public School ESSA Conference set

ISBE will host its first Nonpublic/Public ESSA Conference on April 5 in Urbana. State officials said they hope to see this become an annual event where all members of the Illinois K-12 world can gather to discuss common concerns and solutions.

This conference will focus on the new relationship between public school districts and nonpublic schools that will emerge from the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which takes effect July 1. There is no fee to attend, and lunch will be provided.

For questions, please contact the Title Grants Administration Division at (217) 524-4832.

School leaders can get more information or register for the event here.