State funding for special education in Illinois

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Definitions: Dollar amounts in thousands.

Data Source: Illinois Office of the Comptroller and Governor's Office of Management and Budget.


It should be noted that Illinois enacted the Evidence-Based Funding (EBF) formula in 2017, which changes how schools are funded in the state.  Starting in FY2018, three categories of state funding for special education were subsumed under the EBF formula: children requiring special education services, personnel reimbursement, and summer school.  As a result, the total amount of funding for special education services starting in FY2018 appears to be significantly less than previous years.  However, this decrease is not an actual decrease in funding.  Rather, it is due to the aforementioned special education categories being absorbed into the EBF.

For more information on the EBF, see: