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March 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today introduced the Rural Education Investment Act to combat inadequate funding and teacher shortages in rural schools. The bipartisan legislation requires the U.S. Department of Education to ensure that Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant funding is equal to the percentage of K-12 students living in a rural area. 

September 14, 2020 Press Release

CARBONDALE, IL — U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced over $830,000 in federal grants for East St. Louis, Jefferson County, and Franklin County schools to strengthen security in the classroom. Over 160 jurisdictions nationwide applied and received grants through a Department of Justice School Violence Prevention Program initiative that Bost introduced and had signed into law in 2018.

August 14, 2020 Press Release

CARBONDALE, IL – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a $279,000 grant to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. This grant will fund the Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biology Departments’ project to research novel mechanisms in DNA mismatch repair.

March 3, 2020 Press Release

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January 22, 2020 In The News

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PINCKNEYVILLE (WSIL) -- Congressman Mike Bost paid a visit to Pickneyville High School to talk about politics. He started with his humble beginnings and why he ran for public office.

"My family owned a trucking business in Murphysboro and I was born and raised around that trucking business," he said.

December 23, 2019 In The News

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Congressional representatives from Southern Illinois and Iowa have introduced bipartisan legislation to combat inadequate funding and teacher shortages in rural schools. 

The Rural Education Investment Act was introduced Dec. 11 by U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., and U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa.

December 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Mike Bost (R-IL) and Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) today introduced bipartisan legislation to combat inadequate funding and teacher shortages in rural schools. The Rural Education Investment Act requires the Secretary of Education to determine the percentage of K-12 students living in rural areas and ensures it is equal to the percentage of Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant dollars going to schools in rural areas.

October 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced over $1.1 million in federal grant funding for Jackson, St.

September 6, 2019 In The News

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Schools were once considered safe havens for America’s young people. Parents who sent their children off to school in the morning were confident that they would return home safely in the afternoon. That sense of security has been shattered by episodes of classroom violence, including one in Colorado just days ago.

September 6, 2019 In The News

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MURPHYSBORO — “What kind of friends do you want in your life?” Detective Chris Coyne asked students Tuesday morning at Murphysboro Middle School. “The answer to this question can literally determine the course of the rest of your life.”