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The application deadline has been extended to May 6

CHICAGO – The deadline to apply for the Phillip Jackson Freedom School Grant has been extended, and State Senator Patricia Van Pelt encouraging all who are eligible to apply.

“While students are getting a standardized education, many children could benefit from an extra system of support,” Van Pelt said. “Today’s Freedom Schools carry the essence of the movement that preceded them, and can offer a load of knowledge to those who take advantage of it.”

The Phillip Jackson Freedom Schools Grant establishes a Freedom School network to supplement public school learning by creating programs that improve the odds for disadvantaged children.

Using a research-based and multicultural curriculum for disenfranchised communities most affected by the opportunity gap and learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Freedom Schools will provide activities and support through expanding the teaching of African American history, developing leadership skills, and providing an understanding of the tenets of the civil rights movement.

“Many schools in the district would find enhancement in a network like this,” Van Pelt said. “This network will build upon state efforts to increase equity in our education sector.”

In the 1960s, Freedom Schools sought to provide quality education for all students in order to motivate active civic engagement and empower disenfranchised communities. The renowned and progressive curriculum of Freedom Schools allowed students of all ages to experience a new and liberating form of education that directly related to the Freedom Movement.

Eligible entities for this grant include public schools, public universities, public community colleges, not-for-profit entities, and community-based organizations. Priority will be given to joint applications between a community-based organization or a not-for-profit and another eligible entity.

Applications are due by Friday, May 6, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. More information can be found on ISBE.net.

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