ISBE Briefs, January 2020
Date PostedJanuary 31, 2020
Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Recommendation
The State Board of Education (ISBE) is recommending an increase of $760 million in education-related funds for Fiscal Year 2021. The additional funding would be funneled to a number of priorities for the state’s public education system. The budget recommendation includes an increase of $100 million for early childhood programs, $43.75 million for the recruitment and retention of “diverse and effective educators,” and $510 million more to be invested in the Evidence-Based Funding model. If approved, the budget recommendation would see the state’s total public education investment rise to $9.64 billion for the upcoming fiscal year.
Other notable spending requests from ISBE include $320 million for regular/vocational transportation, $410 million for special education transportation, $9 million for free lunch and breakfast reimbursement, $8 million for new teacher mentoring programs, and $53 million for career and technical education.
School districts and the education community will play an important role to ensure an accurate count during the 2020 Census. To assist in this effort, ISBE will be conducting a census webinar on February 3 from 3:30-5 p.m. The online tutorial will feature speakers from the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as local school districts. Participants will learn best practices and strategies for how to help ensure an accurate, complete census count for their communities. To register for the webinar and find other helpful census resources for school districts, click here.
Early Childhood Block Grant Applications
ISBE is accepting applications for the Early Childhood Block Grant, which can be used to provide funding for three programs: Preschool for All, Preschool for All Expansion, and the Prevention Initiative. School districts and other applicants must receive a score of at least 60 to be eligible for the grants. Funding will be prioritized based on the Evidence-Based Funding tiers in geographic areas. Those serving children within Tier 1 or Tier 2 school districts will be given priority. Applications for the block grant are available on the ISBE website. Applications must be completed by 4 p.m., March 23.