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2017-2018 School Year Calendar
The 2017-2018 School Year Calendar has been compiled to assist you in planning your year and to do list. Note: Other important reminders are included at the end of the fiscal calendar.
Click here to view the 2017-2018 School Year Calendar.

Evidence-Based Model Super Region Meetings Announced!
The super-region meetings will be designed to continue the learning process around and implementation of the Evidence-Based Model (EBM).

Click here to register for the Lisle session.  

Click here to register for the Normal session.  

Click here to register for the Ina session.

Registration Open View the conference preview on the left or click here to register for the conference. 

A copy of the conference program booklet is available by
clicking here.

Cap Watch  
State aid payments

to schools begin to flow

The evidence-based school funding model was signed into law Thursday, August 31. ISBE immediately sent vouchers to the Comptroller's Office. The Comptroller issued a press release today that said, in part, "Just after midnight Thursday morning (September 7), Comptroller Susana Mendoza's office began transmitting $541 million in General State Aid to schools around the state. These are the funds that were supposed to go out on August 10th and 20th, but were delayed because the Governor vetoed the School Funding Bill.


The next payment of $264 million was scheduled to go out Friday, September 8 to cover the first September payment due Sunday, Sept. 10. That means a total of $805 million has been sent to schools.


Senate Bill 1947 at a glance
The evidence-based model (EBM) and Senate Bill 1947 are explained in a user-friendly slide presentation. The presentation covers such topics as:
  • How the EBM meets the requirements for an equitable school funding system
  • The four major components of the EBM
  • How the adequacy target is calculated
  • How local capacity is calculated

To view the presentation, click here.

To view the 26 Elements, click here.

To view the potential effects of the research-based recommendations, click here.


Please click here for additional EBM resources

Webinar on evidence-based
model available for viewing
A recording of a webinar held Tuesday to answer questions about Senate Bill 1947, the Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act, is now available for viewing by clicking here. The webinar is led by Dr. Michael Jacoby, the executive director of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) and one of the education leaders who helped design the evidence-based school funding model.

The webinar lasts just over 1 ½ hours and includes an overview of SB 1947, discusses the impact of the new law on school districts and includes a Q & A segment. Please click here if you wish to download the slides* from the presentation. 


*--One of the slides in the original presentation references the 27 research-based elements of the evidence-based model, but the model now includes 26 elements. Click here for the updated list of elements.



Information regarding
the evidence-based
school funding law
Click here for facts and and talking points regarding Senate Bill 1947, the school funding reform law.The document includes information about the tax credit provisions, the property tax provisions and other components of the law.

 FAQ for new lead-testing law for schools

To access the FAQ for SB 550, the new law requiring schools to test for lead in water, please click here. 

Click here to access archived Vision 20/20 articles. 

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