ROCKFORD Four local school districts will be awarded school library grants from the State of Illinois, State Representative Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford, announced today. The grants are from the School Library Grant program administered by the Illinois Secretary of State. The list of area school districts slated to receive grants and the amount of each grant is as follows:

School District                                                                               Community         Grant Amount
Belvidere School District #100                                                   Belvidere             $5,922.75
North Boone CUSD #200                                                            Poplar Grove      $1,192.50
Rockton School District #140                                                     Rockton               $1,101.00
Hononegah Community High School District #207               Rockton               $1,555.50

"School libraries are a cornerstone of a quality education,” Representative Sosnowski said. “Whether in printed or digital form, books play an integral role in a child’s ability to learn and develop his or her own potential. We are proud that four of our local school districts serving students in Boone and Winnebago Counties have earned this grant and will utilize them toward improving school library services.” 

SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford, filed new legislation today, House Bill 4227, to even the playing field for non-public schools seeking official recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in order to be eligible to receive funds through the state’s new School Scholarship Tax Credit Program that took effect on January 1.

"I have been working with private schools throughout the Rockford region over the past several months to prepare for the launch of the new scholarship tax credit program, which brought to my attention the hurdles many face in acquiring state recognition,” Representative Sosnowski said.

“I immediately took action to draft this new bill because it is important to guard against excluding schools and actively support the educational institutions working to gain state recognition. Currently, the process for educational institutions to become certified by the state often takes up to a year or longer. Parents and donors deserve the opportunity to support schools as they undergo the extensive steps for state recognition. It is vital to ensure all schools receive adequate support.”
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