Military Recruitment Access Reminder
ISBE has been in contact with representatives from the U.S. Department of Defense regarding implementation of the portion of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that refers to Armed Forces recruiter access to students’ information. The Department of Defense has raised some concerns about implementation of this provision. As a result, ISBE wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of your obligations.
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) published a Dear Colleague letter
on this topic in 2016. The letter makes clear that the obligations of schools changed in the transition from the No Child Left Behind Act to ESSA. Most notably, ESSA makes clear that schools must notify parents and students that military recruiters will have equal access to their directory information unless the students opt out in writing. ISBE’s interpretation of the statute and the guidance is that parents and students must actively opt out of this provision in writing. A passive opt-out is not sufficient. Additionally, school districts must provide this information to military recruiters even if their student records policy does not include it within the definition of directory information.
ISBE is more than happy to support schools in properly implementing this law. ISBE has learned from interaction with the ISBE Student Advisory Council (SAC) over the last year that high school students believe they are not given enough information about postsecondary options other than college. The SAC is specifically interested in distributing more about military options and vocational options available after high school. Providing military recruiters with equal access to all students who do not opt out helps our high school students further their goal and promotes postsecondary options for a number of students who would not otherwise have access.
View the downloadable version of this information
If you have questions about this or ED’s guidance, contact Jeff Aranowski, executive director of Safe and Healthy Climate, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (217) 782-5270.
ESSA Site-Based Expenditure Reporting Resources
Thank you to the Illinois State Commission on Charter Schools, which hosted a collaborative meeting for Commission-authorized charter schools to learn about this year's new site-based expenditure reporting requirement. Access the presentation
All local education agencies (LEAs) - traditional district LEAs and Commission-authorized charter schools - can find more supports on www.isbe.net/site-based
as everyone prepares for FY 2019 reporting. ISBE encourages LEAs to begin by reading ISBE's Every Student Succeeds Act Site-Based Expenditure Reporting Guidance
and then exploring the other materials available. For questions not addressed online, please contact Sara R. Shaw at email@example.com
Indirect Cost Rate Update
ISBE has uploaded the indirect cost rates to be used for FY 2019 grant applications. Both the restricted and unrestricted rates have been made available for grant applications.
If your application has been approved, you will need to submit an amendment if you wish to use indirect costs. If your grant application has not been approved, you can request from your program area the return of the application or wait until it has been approved and then submit an amendment. You can then update the indirect cost amounts and resubmit the application.
The Indirect Cost Rate Plan requires amounts in function 4000, Payments to Other Districts or Government Units be removed from the indirect cost-rate calculations. The plan is posted online
If you have any questions about either the indirect rates being used or the calculation of the allowable amount, please email GATA@isbe.net
Updated Receipt for Qualified K-12 Education Expenses
The Illinois Department of Revenue recently updated its Receipt for Qualified K-12 Education Expenses in order to provide all Illinois public and nonpublic K-12 schools with a convenient and consistent way for authorized personnel to issue receipts to parents or guardians for qualified K-12 education expenses paid to the school during the calendar year.
The revised Receipt for Qualified K-12 Education Expenses
is available on their website.
The Department’s Publication 112, Education Expense Credit General Rules and Requirements for Schools
provides all Illinois public and nonpublic schools the requirements for written receipts for qualified education expenses.
The Department’s Publication 119, Education Expense Credit General Rules, and Requirements for Home Schools
provides home schools the requirements for qualified education expenses.