Nearly $40 million in federal money has been awarded to help seven Illinois schools improve student performance and college readiness.
The Illinois State Board of Education announced the recipients Wednesday. Twenty schools in eight Illinois districts already are undergoing changes with federal School Improvement Grant Program funding.
State Board chairman Gery Chico says the money must go to districts "committed to take on dramatic transformation initiatives to improve their schools."
The recipients must adopt one of four federally approved models, including school closure.
The recipients came from eight districts which submitted proposals for 16 schools.
About $27 million will go to five Chicago secondary schools. High schools in Cahokia and East St. Louis will split $12 million.