Underwood Announces $569 Million in Coronavirus Funding for Illinois K-12 Education

April 27, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) announced that the Department of Education has awarded $569 million in emergency funding to help elementary and secondary schools in Illinois impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The funding has been made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Underwood strongly supported in Congress and was signed by the President in March.  


“Educators and students are facing unprecedented challenges during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Underwood. “The resources provided by the CARES Act will help ensure that Illinois teachers, students, and families have the resources they need so that students can continue to learn and do not fall behind during this challenging time.”  


The CARES Act allocates nearly $13 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Education Fund, which state and local educational agencies may use to meet a wide range of educational needs, including purchasing computers and hotspot devices for online learning; supporting the unique needs of underserved students and students with disabilities; training and professional development; and other activities to maintain the continuity of educational services.