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ISBE has a responsibility to advocate for what all of Illinois’ children deserve. The State Board makes budget recommendations to the General Assembly annually each February. The state constitution mandates that the “primary responsibility for financing the system of public education” belongs solely to the state. 

A budget is the manifestation of an organization’s vision. The Board has provided the following working draft of guiding principles for the Illinois public education fiscal year 2020 budget:

  • We believe that everyone has the right and ability to learn and that we have ethical,moral, and legal responsibilities to set high expectations and ensure that every student achieves success.
  • We believe that we must provide equity, access, and opportunity for every student and eliminate opportunity and achievement gaps in all public schools across Illinois.
  • We believe that ending disparities and gaps in achievement begins with the delivery of quality early learning programs and appropriate parent engagement and support so that by June 30, 2027 and beyond, this State has a kindergarten through grade 12 public education system with the capacity to ensure the development of all persons to the limits of their capacities.
  • We believe that communities, parents, teachers, educational leaders, and community-based organizations have unique and important solutions to improve outcomes for our students.
  • We believe that teachers and leaders in every school and classroom in Illinois need the training and support required to demonstrate competency in their content, their ability to adjust their pedagogy to student need, their ability to establish positive relationships with all students including students whose background and life experience is different from theirs, and their understanding of human development.​

How do you want to fund public education?  #MyEduBudget

This is your Illinois public education budget! We need your input on what funding your students, schools, and communities need.

Make your voice heard! 

See below for the upcoming Budget Hearing dates and locations. ISBE requests that both those who can testify in person at a hearing and those who cannot please submit a FY 2020 Budget Request FormPDF Document to ISBEFY20@isbe.net​.

Location Time
Wednesday, October 17 Springfield
100 N. First Street
ISBE Board Room, 4th Floor
Immediately Following the Board Meeting
(approximately noon)

Wednesday, October 24
Mt. Vernon
Dr. Nick Osborne Primary Center
401 North 30th Street
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, November 16 Chicago
Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph Street
Conference Room 16-503
Immediately Following the Board Meeting
(approximately 11 a.m.)​

 FY 2019

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