Thursday, February 28, 2019

ISBE Briefs

Full-day kindergarten changes due
The deadline for school districts to announce their intent to switch from half-day to full-day kindergarten is March 1. Under changes enacted by the Evidence-Based Funding (EBF) formula, school dollars are distributed based on total average student enrollment, among other factors.

Kindergarten students who attend half-day programs are assigned a value of .5, while full-day students are assigned a value of 1.0. For schools with half-day programs, making the change will convert kindergarten attendance to full-day for EBF calculations next school year.

Districts planning to convert from half-day to full-day kindergarten during the 2019-2020 school year will need to pass a board resolution and provide ISBE with the minutes from the meeting at which the resolution was approved. The documents to facilitate this change should be submitted to Ethylene Ferdinand, eferdina@isbe.net.

Mandated Categorical prorations
The final calculations for 2017-2018 school year mandated categorical prorations recently became available. The FY 2019 reimbursements include 80 percent for Special Education Private Facilities, 86 percent for Special Education Transportation, and 82 percent for Regular/Vocational Transportation. The reimbursements completed in FY 2018 show 100 percent reimbursement for Special Education Orphanage, 100 percent for Regular Orphanage, and 30 percent for the Illinois Free Lunch and Breakfast program. A more detailed breakdown of each program is available on the ISBE website

Those Who Excel nomination packets
Nomination forms for the 2019-2020 Those Who Excel program are posted online. ISBE’s Those Who Excel honors recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to Illinois’ elementary and secondary schools. Recognition honors are presented to school board members and community volunteers, in addition to the categories of classroom teacher, school administrator/principal, student support personnel (licensed), education service personnel (unlicensed), team, and early career educator. Applications for various nominees are due June 3 and should be emailed to jseiler@isbe.net.