Illinois To Provide $1M For Migrant Student Summer Programs

The State of Illinois is handing out $1 million in federal grants to help educate children of migrant families. The money will be used to fund the migrant education program.

State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith says migrant families support the state's critical agricultural sector and this program helps make those children feel welcome.

Some 7,200 seasonal agricultural workers travel to Illinois each year, and officials say their children have unique challenges keeping up academically.

Organizations hoping to receive some of the money must apply by Friday.

For more information, visit http://www.illinoismep.com/overview.html

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