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April 2, 2008

ISBE DELL e-Broadcast 2008.104 - FY09 Consolidated Application Update

Dear Educators Serving ELLs:

This message is from the Division of English Language Learning.

Local school districts and Regional Offices of Education are advised that the FY09 Consolidated Application to Serve English Language Learners will be available for downloading at www.isbe.net/bilingual/htmls/consolidated_application.htm beginning the week of April 17, 2008. Short video segments explaining how to complete the application forms for program approval and funding will also be found at this website.

To qualify for both state TBE/TPI and federal Title III funding, the completed application must be received or postmarked by Monday, June 30. Applications postmarked after the June 30 deadline will not be eligible for federal Title III funding. Please remember that the Consolidated Application is not yet part of the e-grant system and therefore, will only be available via downloading from the above website.

Additionally, on both May 1 and May 2, the Division of English Language Learning staff will host phone conferences to answer questions related to the application. To access the conference calls, you must RSVP to obtain a call-in number and code. The purpose of the RSVP is to assure that we have an adequate number of phone lines. To download the teleconference RSVP form, click on www.isbe.net/bilingual/htmls/consolidated_application.htm. You may submit written questions concerning the application to dell@isbe.net before and after the phone conferences.

Please be advised that the conference calls will take the place of the regional application workshops held in previous years.

If you have further questions, contact the Division of English Language Learning at 312-814-3850.

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