Durbin Announces Nearly $19 Million in Recovery Act Funding for Illinois Teachers and Schools

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the Department of Education has awarded a total of $18,757,085 in Teacher Quality Partnership grants to two Chicago-area universities through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This funding will be used to help raise student achievement by improving teacher instruction in schools.
Teacher Quality Partnerships are comprised of high-need school districts in collaboration with an institute of higher education. The Partnerships aim to ensure that new teachers have the skills necessary to boost student learning and be effective in diverse and challenging classrooms.  This announcement is part of $99.8 million awarded by the Department of Education nationwide this week.
The following universities will receive funding under this announcement:

  • Governors State University: $7,172,773 in funding for the Chicago Southland Region Teacher Quality Partnership.
  • University of Chicago: $11,584,312 in funding for the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute’s Urban Teacher Education Program.