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Local school districts to receive second round of CARES Act funding

ISBE Superintendent Dr. Carmen Ayala is urging schools and districts to utilize a significant portion of their share of funds to mitigate learning loss.
Elementary school students sit on board a school bus after attending in-person classes at...
Elementary school students sit on board a school bus after attending in-person classes at school in Ill., Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Published: Jan. 8, 2021 at 11:56 AM CST
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - State Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) shared that Illinois is set to receive more than $2.25 billion in federal CARES Act funding for local schools.

This funding news from the Illinois State Board of Education is more than four times the amount received in the initial disbursement of COVID-19 relief last year. There will also be funding set aside for nonpublic schools in the forthcoming second round of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, according to a statement by Rep. Sosnowski’s office.

ISBE Superintendent Dr. Carmen Ayala is urging schools and districts to utilize a significant portion of their share of funds to mitigate learning loss by considering a longer school year, before and after-school programs and summer learning opportunities; in addition to taking steps to close the digital divide and address the mental health needs of students, according to a statement by Rep. Sosnowski’s office.

“This funding will help our local educators and school administrators navigate these challenging times as we continue to emphasize the importance of returning to safe, full-time, in-person classroom instruction for students of all ages throughout the Stateline and across Illinois,” Representative Sosnowski said. “I would like to recognize all our local teachers for their dedication and perseverance as we pursue these shared goals.”

ISBE’s Preliminary Estimated Allocations for local school districts in Boone and Winnebago Counties in this second round of CARES Act funding are as follows:

Local school districts to receive second round of CARES Act funding
Local school districts to receive second round of CARES Act funding(Local school districts to receive second round of CARES Act funding)

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