State Dishes Out School Funding

Chicago Public Schools receives more than $54 million, creating more than 1,000 jobs in the city

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    While standardized test scores have improved on the margins, California public school students continue to underperform.

    Some schools in Illinois are about to get a makeover thanks to a late round of new state funding.

    Gov. Pat Quinn announced Wednesday that he would allocate more than $270 million in state funding to be split between 18 Illinois school districts. The capital funds will be used to construct new buildings and expand existing ones.

    "We must invest in schools that will allow Illinois' students to thrive and create a better future for our state," Quinn said during a news conference at a school on Chicago's South Side.

    Some of the districts benefiting from these capital funds include Chicago Public Schools, which will receive more than $54 million, Waukegan Community Unity School District 2, which will obtain more than $28.2 million, and Bensenville Elementary school District 2 which will get $20.6 million.

    The money will help create about 3,700 jobs in construction, including 1,000 in Chicago, Quinn said.