Illinois math, science academy to get $3.6M grant

Published: Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 8:27 a.m. CDT

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The state of Illinois will provide $3.6 million to upgrade laboratories at the Illinois Math and Science Academy in suburban Chicago.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the grant for the Aurora school on Saturday.

In an emailed statement, Quinn says the state has a responsibility "to ensure Illinois students compete and succeed on the world stage." The Chicago Democrat says the upgraded laboratories will help improve the state's science, technology, engineering and math education.

The money is from a $31 billion capital construction program Quinn signed into law in 2009.

It will be used to upgrade eight laboratories at the academy, which was created by the state of Illinois.

The school provides academically talented students in grades 10 to 12 with an advanced, residential college preparatory program.

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