Evanston’s two school districts are scheduled to receive a total of $14.3 million in federal pandemic recovery aid over the next three years.

The allocation of the federal funds to Illinois school districts was announced this week by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Under the program Evanston/Skokie School District 65 will receive just under $10.6 million and Evanston Township High School will receive just over $3.7 million.

The money is a portion of the $7.8 billion in federal pandemic relief funding provided to the state under three rounds of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief program.

Gov. Pritzker said, “I’m committed to making sure that Illinois leads the nation” in helping schools “overcome the pandemic’s effects on our students, parents and educators.”

The state has developed a Learning Renewal Resource Guide offering suggestions on how schools can most effectively use the additional funds.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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