FY 2021 EL - Title III Immigrant Student Education Program
The list of eligible and non-eligible school districts that have submitted an Intent to Apply for the FY21 Immigrant Student Education Program grant is now posted (please see below). Under Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), eligibility and funding for the Title III Immigrant Student Education Program grant must be based on the total current year enrollment of immigrant students in the district and non-public schools within the district's boundary. School districts that have met all the following conditions are eligible for the Immigrant Student Education Program Grant:
- District submitted an intent to apply for the Immigrant Student Education Program grant for FY21, and
- District has reported immigrant student enrollments to the Illinois State Board of Education in the current school year;
- District has shown a significant increase (either 3 percent or 50 students, whichever is less) over the average immigrant student enrollment for the preceding two fiscal years; and
- District has reported the enrollment of a minimum of 10 immigrant students.
An eligible immigrant student for the purpose of this grant, according to federal regulations, is defined as a student: 1) ages 3 through 21; 2) not born in any of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and 3) who has not been attending one or more schools in any one or more states for more than three full academic years.
For FY21 eligible districts, your immigrant education funding allocation has been loaded to your district’s FY21 Title III Immigrant Student Education Program application. The title of this grant application has changed this year, so please make sure that you are given access authorization from your administrator to create the application. You will need to request authorization in IWAS to the EL – Title III Immigrant Student Education Program system. Your superintendent will then need to approve your access. To create an application, select "Year: 2021" and choose "Create Application." If a checkbox appears, the applicant must select "Yes" before creating an application.
For any school district that had an immigrant grant in FY20 and did not expend all of the available funds, districts are required to submit a FY21 Immigrant Student Education Program grant application to access their carryover funds. Failing to do so may result in the district's losing its carryover funds by the end of the grant period.
Due Date: To ensure a September 1, 2020, start date, complete and submit the application to ISBE by January 15, 2021. The extended due date is provided as ISBE recognizes the unique challenges Local Education Agencies are experiencing and the necessary time needed to prepare a well-defined and complete application. However, ISBE cannot distribute payments until the application is approved and required expenditure reports are submitted.
To view the Expenditure Report and GATA requirements please click on the drop down below titled: "Additional Expenditure Report for FY 2021 Grants"