Illinois and Wisconsin are among five states that will share $133 million in federal Race to the Top funding.
Illinois' share is about $35 million, some of which is expected to come to the Rockford area. The money will be awarded over a four year period, based on each state's plan.
"Congratulations to Governor Quinn and state leaders for your work and dedication to providing children with a strong start to a high-quality education," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "Investing Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge resources to improve education quality and opportunity on the frontend will help more Illinois children be successful in high school, higher education, and beyond."
Colorado, New Mexico, and Oregon are the three other states approved for funding.
Click here for more information on the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Fund.
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