FISCAL YEAR 2021 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.View the listing of the FY 2021 Student Allocation funding totals per district. 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 Code.
Article 14C also requires that at least 60 percent of EL funds must be spent on instructional costs of ELs (Function 1000). For other information on EBF and its spending plan, please visit the
EBF page on ISBE’s website.
The FY 2021 EL-EBF expenditure reporting shows where EBF funds attributable to ELs were ultimately spent within each district. The Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education has recommended thatonly districts that received $5,000 or more in total FY 2021 EL funds be required to submit an expenditure report through the period ending June 30, 2021. Any FY 2020 EL-EBF funds not expended in FY 2020 will appear in the FY 2021 expenditure report.
All FY 2021 EL-EBF expenditure reports are due to ISBE by
July 20. Please contact the Multilingual Department at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions regarding the FY 2021 EL-EBF expenditure report.
Expenditure Reporting Instructions
Districts may report their total FY 2021 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, 2021, on the left side of the screen and click Continue to begin reporting. The Current Year Allotment will reflect the total amount of FY 2021 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 FY 2020.