Late last year congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), replacing No Child Left Behind. On October 5th, ISBE is conducting a listening tour to discuss the state's plan to implement the federal law. ISBE is looking for input from school staff, administrators, parents, and students. To see the questions that State Superintendent Tony Smith is looking to answer, click here. If you would like to view the state's current draft plan, click here

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications for winter heating assistance for seniors and people with disabilities today. LIHEAP and the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) program are funded as part of the stopgap funding plan signed into law by Governor Rauner.

LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy assistance program for low-income families, in which heating bill payments are made on behalf of households. Applications are processed through a network of 35 local administering agencies around the state. These agencies will begin accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis from the elderly and people with disabilities starting today, September 1st.