Proportionate Share


Please note, information is adapted from:
ISBE Guidance on IDEA Proportionate Share


On May 13, 2021 at 3:00PM, a meeting will be conducted virtually by Homer 33C.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the district’s plan for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and home schools within the district for the 2021-2022 school year.

If you have further questions pertaining to this meeting, please contact Special Services at 708-226-7649.

 Private Schools

Under Federal law, districts are required to spend a portion of their Federal special education funds on students with disabilities in private school.  Called “proportionate share,” this sum is usually much smaller than the overall funding a district can spend on students with disabilities within the public schools.  Also, when proportionate share funds run out during the school year, a district can choose to end services for the rest of the school year.


Unlike students in public schools, students with disabilities in private schools are not entitled to an IEP.  Instead, districts will often provide an Individual Service Plan or “ISP” to students with disabilities who will be receiving services from the school district during the school year.  An ISP is a much less detailed document that often will only describe the types of service being provided, the frequency of the services, and the location where those services will be provided.  If appropriate, the district might also add a goal or short-term objective, but this is not required in all cases.

Timely and Meaningful Consultation (TMC)

The district annually, invites parents to attend a meeting called “Timely and Meaningful Consultation” sometimes simply called “TMC.”  Such a meeting is required to take place in every district in which a private school is located throughout Illinois.  The meeting is typically held annually (although districts can conduct them more frequently if districts choose or circumstances might requires an additional meeting).  TMC meetings must, under Federal rules, involve representatives of the private schools as well as “parent representatives” of private school parents and students.  These meetings will typically outline the amount of “proportionate share” funding the district has for the school year, as well as the types of service the district plans on providing during the year.

This district is still responsible for Child Find obligation and consideration of evaluation for students for special education eligibility.  Please contact Special Services at 708-226-7649 if you are concerned about your homeschooled children.

If your student is found eligible, all services are determined by the individual student service teams.  These services are determined annually as part of a student’s Individual Service Plan based on the agreed terms under the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) Proportionate Share services and allocated based on the funds available and determination of the Timely Meaningful Consult team.