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​Fiscal Year 2019 English Learners’ Evidence-Based Funding (EL-EBF) Expenditure Reporting

The EBF law passed on Aug. 31, 2017, requires the Illinois State Board of Education to notify school districts of the total English Learner (EL) funding generated by each district’s students. This composite amount of funds includes any EL funds generated under the Base Funding Minimum and Tier Funding. It does not include funding generated by the core investment cost factors of the EBF formula, the money from which also benefits ELs (listing of the FY19 EL funding totals per districtExcel Document). Districts were reminded that state funding attributable to ELs was to be spent on EL services per the requirements of Article 14C of the School CodeArticle 14C also requires that at least 60 percent of EL funds must be spent on instructional costs of ELs (Function 1000). 

The FY 2019 EL-EBF expenditure reporting shows where EBF funds attributable to ELs were ultimately spent within each district. At the recommendation of the Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education, only districts that received $5,000 or more in total FY 2019 EL funds will be required to submit an expenditure report through the period ending June 30, 2019. Additionally, carry forward was permissible in FY18.  Any FY18 EL-EBF funds not expended in FY18 will appear in the FY19 expenditure report.  Districts will not be permitted to carry forward funds from FY19 into FY20.  For questions on the FY19 EL-EBF expenditure report, please contact the Division of English Learners at DEL@isbe.net​ or call the DEL main line at 312-814-3850.

 Districts with EL Allocations $5000 or More

 Expenditure Reporting Instructions

​Districts may report their total FY19 EL-EBF expenditures by logging into the IWAS portal and selecting the Electronic Expenditure Reporting System.  Choose Start New Expenditure Report and select 3305 Bilingual Ed – TPI & TBE program from the drop-down list.  Select June 30, 2019, on the left side of the screen and click Continue to begin reporting.  The Current Year Allotment will reflect the total amount of FY 2019 EL-EBF funding for the district (consisting of EBF Base Funding Minimum attributable to ELs and Tier Funding attributable to ELs) as well as funds not reported not expended from FY18.  Expenditures can be equal to or less than the allocation listed on Current Year Allotment line of the Project Summary within the Electronic Expenditure Reporting system.

All districts should report direct costs from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. All FY 2019 EL-EBF expenditure reports are due to ISBE by July 20, 2019.​

Questions on expenditure reporting may be directed to the Division of Funding and Disbursements at (217) 782-5256.​

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