Tuesday, May 15, 2018

News from ISBE

A panel discussion is the format of the new video now online.
Site-based expenditure reporting – new video to assist district leaders
The state is sharing a new video on site-based expenditure reporting, produced in cooperation with the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, and the Illinois Principals Association. It details some immediate recommended actions, and features accounting tips and tricks that may be useful in the new expenditure reporting process that begins next year.

ISBE previously shared suggestions for a number of actions district leaders can take to greatly lighten their load when site-based expenditure reporting begins next year. Those tips are included in a Suggested District Implementation Timeline in fiscal year 2019.  

Evidence-Based Funding enrollment verification window closes May 15
ISBE is administering a one-time, supplemental enrollment verification process for school year 2018 fall and spring enrollment counts. Please note the deadline is extended to May 15, 2018, at 4 p.m. The new funding formula funds all districts in relation to each other, so it is important to ensure accurate enrollment counts statewide.

ISBE begins processing the enrollment file on May 16, 2018. The state will use this enrollment data to determine EBF tier funding for FY 2019.

For answers to specific questions, or to solve technical difficulties, please reference the Verification Tool User Guide and Enrollment Verification FAQs, both available on the EBF Enrollment webpage. Feel free to direct questions to EBFHelp@isbe.net or call the ISBE Data Strategies and Analytics team at 217/782-3950 or the ISBE SIS team at 217/558-3600, option 3.

Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education vacancies
Have an interest in helping improve bilingual education to better serve English-language learners? Then you may be interested in being considered for appointment to the Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education (IACBE). To be considered, submit a letter of interest and resume to Samuel Aguirre at saguirre@isbe.net by June 15.

By law, under 105 ILCS 5/14C-13, the  State Superintendent of Education appoints members to the IACBE, which currently has two vacancies. Meanwhile the terms of five additional members will be expiring on June 30, 2018. For inquiries, please contact ISBE’s Samuel Aguirre at saguirre@isbe.net or call 312/814-3058.