ISBE Briefs September 2021

  • Date Posted
    September 29, 2021
  • Category
Upcoming Deadline Reminders
Illinois school districts need to submit their FY 2022 Evidence-Based Funding spending plans by September 30 in the IWAS system. No matter the amount of EBF funds received, a district must submit a plan to ISBE.

All districts are also required to implement and submit their 2021-2022 bullying prevention policy to ISBE by September 30. Subscribers to IASB’s Policy Reference Education Subscription Service (PRESS), can find information on this policy in an update to sample Board Policy 7.180, Bullying. These documents should also be submitted through IWAS.

Thomas Lay Burroughs Award Nominations
ISBE is accepting nominations for the Thomas Lay Burroughs Award for outstanding school board member. Nominees should demonstrate the following criteria in their board work:
  • Personal leadership in improving student learning, closing achievement gaps, and supporting educational excellence;
  • Personal leadership in expanding educational opportunities for underserved students; and/or
  • Personal leadership in resolving a crisis or major difficulty with the result of more equitable outcomes for students.
Nominations can be completed online and must be submitted by October 22. The Burroughs Award was created by ISBE in 1991 in memory of the late ISBE chairman, Thomas Lay Burroughs.

Upcoming Budget Hearings
ISBE will be accepting public testimony on Fiscal Year 2023 education funding from local community groups, parents, students, educators, and the general public throughout the month of October. Those wishing to submit testimony can do so in writing or by attending one of three budget hearings.
  • October 4, 4-7 p.m., ISBE Springfield Office—(In-person, Registration deadline October 11)
  • October 14, 4-7 p.m.—(Virtual, Registration deadline October 11)
  • October 21, 1-4 p.m.—(Virtual, Registration deadline October 18).
ISBE will use the input to inform their budget request for FY 2023, which will be submitted to the governor and General Assembly in January.

2021-2022 Student Advisory Council Members Announced
Twenty-one Illinois high school students have been named to ISBE’s 2021-2022 Student Advisory Council (SAC) to serve as student advisors, who provide perspective to the state board of education on a variety of issues. A full list of SAC members is available on the ISBE website.
The council will make presentations to ISBE on developing ways and methods to respond to the widening achievement gap due to the COVID-19 pandemic; creating a diversity, equity, and inclusion framework; ensuring the safety and emotional well-being of students; and strengthening teacher recruitment.

Speaking about the SAC, State Superintendent of Education Carmen I. Ayala said, “This year’s Student Advisory Council is a diverse group of young adults who are ready to hit the ground running to help us address the academic and mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”