Bustos Commemorates National Public Schools Week

WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) recognized National Public Schools Week which runs from February 21st through the 25th. The American Rescue Plan, which Bustos helped pass, secured more than $595 million for public schools in Northwest and Central Illinois K-12 schools to stay open safely and make up for lost learning time.

“All students should have access to safe, welcoming, and well-funded public schools,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “Thanks to the historic investment from the American Rescue Plan in K-12 education, our primary and secondary schools are better equipped to safely stay open while navigating the challenges presented by the pandemic. I look forward to continuing to support our schools, faculty and staff to ensure quality education for every student.”

Nationwide, the American Rescue Plan provided $130 billion for schools to stay open, with an additional $10 billion to help schools conduct COVID-19 testing for students and staff. A breakdown of public school funding for counties in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District can be found below: 

  • Carroll County: $5,917,310
  • Fulton County: $15,094,544
  • Henderson County: $1,988,481
  • Henry County: $21,841,206
  • Jo Daviess County: $5,577,197
  • Knox County: $28,976,414
  • Mercer County: $3,028,953
  • Rock Island County: $95,467,588
  • Stephenson County: $27,496,316
  • Warren County: $7,015,557
  • Whiteside County: $24,944,686
  • Peoria County: $113,776,116
  • Tazewell County: $19,951,356
  • Winnebago County: $224,913,872