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Section 2-3.66 of the Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/2-3.66) authorizes the Illinois State Board of Education to provide grants for the establishment of Truants’ Alternative and Optional Education Program (TAOEP). These programs serve students with attendance problems and/or dropouts up to and including those who are 21 years of age and provide truancy prevention and intervention services and/or optional education. Programs which primarily provide truancy prevention and intervention services integrate resources of the school and community to meet the needs of the students and parents. Optional education programs serve as part-time or full-time options to regular school attendance and offer modified instructional programs or other services designed to prevent students from dropping out of school.


Public school districts, Regional Offices of Education, community college districts, charter schools, area vocational centers and public university laboratory school approved by the Illinois State Board of Education are eligible to apply.

Truants’ Alternative and Optional Education Program (TAOEP) Request for Proposal for FY 2020
(Deadline 06/28​/2019)

Applications for the FY 2020 TAOEP Request for Proposals (RFP) grant are now available through IWAS. The Request for Proposals will not include an allocation. However, the application must include the itemized budget information with the total funds requested. Applicants approved for funding will be required to submit an amended application that will include the agency approved allocation and Notice of State Award and Grant Agreement pages.

Entities that were part of Cohort 18 or Cohort 19 (initial year of three-year cycle) should NOT use this system. You have received a separate notice for the opening of the TAOEP Continuation grant that should be completed for continued funding.

Application Information Webinar - Thursday, May 16, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

​The deadline for submitting the TAOEP RFP application is Friday, June 28, at 4:00 PM.​

For additional information, email Brian Houser in ISBE's Division of Regulatory Support and Wellness or by phone at (217) 782-5270.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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