Monday, February 5, 2018

ISBE Briefs

Budget Recommendation
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) officially released a budget recommendation for the 2018-2019 school year during their January meeting. ISBE outlined $15.7 billion in state general funding, saying this ensures every district can meet at least 90 percent of its Adequacy Target under the new Evidence-Based Funding model.

The Fiscal Year 2018 appropriation for state education funding increased by $714.6 million over the previous year. School districts across the state, however, have yet to see any of those new dollars. The eight years from FY 2010 to FY2018 saw a cumulative loss of $2.92 billion in education funding.

ISBE’s FY 2019 recommendation would be a $7.2 billion increase over last year, which they say is needed to erase past losses and ensure a quality education for all students.

“The Illinois Constitution is clear that the state is primarily responsible for funding schools,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith. Smith said the new funding formula is grounded in equity and recognizes that children and families across the state are situated differently. “We now have to fund the formula to create the conditions for every child to thrive,” he said.

The full ISBE budget recommendation can be found here

Mandated Categorical prorations
Payments and associated prorations for 2016-2017 school year categorical programs have been calculated. The listed programs and the formula for figuring the payments are available from the Illinois State Board of Education here

The percentage and related programs to be reimbursed in Fiscal Year 2018 are as follows:

  • Regular/Vocational Transportation—84 percent
  • Special Education Private Facility—90 percent
  • Special Education Transportation—91 percent