June 11, 2020

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $1 Million for Education Support in the Chicagoland Area


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $984,367 in federal funding to two Chicagoland school districts to improve educational outcomes for students by supporting the coordination of academic, social and health services between public schools, school districts and community organizations. Under this announcement, the City of Chicago Board of Education will receive $499,760 and Skokie School District 69 will receive $484,607. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) Full Service Community Schools Program.

“I’m proud to support initiatives like the Full Service Community Schools Program that help give students in Illinois a fairer shot at reaching their full potential,” Duckworth said. “When we invest in elementary and high school educational services, we help provide students with the tools they need to succeed both in and outside of the classroom.”

“This federal funding will support schools that serve as hubs of their communities, helping meet the academic and non-academic needs of students and families,” Durbin said. “Senator Duckworth and I will continue advocating for investments in Illinois’ students.”

The investment to the Chicago Board of Education will support social, emotional and academic resources for Spry Community Links and Roger C. Sullivan, two high schools in under-resourced communities with primarily African-American and Latinx populations. The funding to the Skokie School District will support expanding early childhood education, family engagement programs and juvenile crime prevention initiatives at three District schools in working class and ethnically diverse communities.