Saturday, July 29, 2017

ISBE Briefs

School facility flooding issues
If your school district has experienced problems with facilities due to recent flooding in the northern portion of Illinois, the State Board of Education (ISBE) may be able to provide help. Technical assistance is available on a case-by-case basis for districts that have encountered problems. School representatives are urged to contact Dan Johnson, school business services, at 217/785-8779 or email him at

Back-to-school webinar planned
State Superintendent Tony Smith has invited school administrators to participate in a back-to-school webinar on Aug. 9 at 1 p.m. Smith will discuss updates related to the Every Student Succeeds Act, school funding issues, and state assessments. He also will allot time for a question-and-answer segment. Click here to register for the webinar.

GATA grants have four-step process
School districts will need to complete four steps to be qualified to apply for Fiscal Year 2018 GATA grants. The first step is entirely new for this year’s applications. It includes an authentication process in which an email address is requested in creating an account via the state’s authentication portal. Districts seeking grant funds will also need to be marked as pre-qualified. The GATA website includes a number of resources to assist with the application process. A detailed breakdown of the four are available in the July 25 State Superintendent’s Weekly Message.