Rockford, Illinois News

Local school districts receive $256M in federal funds

ROCKFORD — Rockford area schools will receive a portion of $7 billion in federal funds aimed at supporting students as they transition back to in-person learning.

Rockford Public Schools is slated to receive $220 million over the next three years. The Harlem School District will receive $22 million while the Belvidere School District will receive $14 million.

“If you’re a parent, I know you’ve spent most of this pandemic worried about how your kids are learning,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday during a press conference at Ellis Elementary School. “With all the screens and Zooms, sometimes you’re worried about whether they’re learning at all. My administration is taking a little bit of that worry off your plates. I’m committed to making sure that Illinois leads the nation in assisting schools to make this new $7 billion count over the next several years to overcome the pandemic’s effects on our students, parents and educators.”

The funds are in addition to dollars the state provides local school districts.