Pritzker announces $7 billion in federal funding for schools, K-12 learning plan

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FILE – In this March 30, 2020 file photo, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks in Chicago during the daily update on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Pritzker said during a stop in Rock Island, Ill., Monday, July 27, 2020, that “things are not moving in the right direction” in terms of the COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois, where officials reported a sixth day in a row of more than 1,000 newly confirmed cases. Earlier in Quincy, the Democrat said he didn’t expect life in Illinois to return to normal until sometime next year. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

ELGIN, Ill. (WMBD) — An influx of cash is headed to Illinois’ public schools to renew students’ learning experiences, in response to the challenging year faced by educators, parents and students alike.

Governor J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday, March 31 announced $7 billion will be available to schools over the next three years, funded by the American Rescue Plan.

“These federal resources make it possible for districts to make significant investments that were otherwise out of reach, so its essential we take full advantage of this moment for our children,” said Pritzker.

Pritzker unveiled the 180-page Illinois Learning Resource Renewal Guide, intended as a ‘best practices’ guide to renew learning for K-12.

“This living document serves as a starting point to our ongoing conversations on how to best meet students and educators where they are,” he said.

Pritzker stressed the response must be “intensive, holistic and practical,” and that its an “all hands on deck” moment.

“It took a village to raise a child before the pandemic turned life upside down, so the best thing that we can do now is engage the whole village in helping the children process the experiences and restore the learning,” Priztker said.

Peoria County school districts are set to receive more than $115 million in federal funding, according a release from State Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria).

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