Civil Rights Groups Highlight Ed Funding Failures

Equitable Funding, Quality Schools | 06/08/2015

Mimi Rodman
Executive Director

Mimi stands for children by leading strategy development and mission delivery for Stand Illinois.

A set of reports released Monday by civil rights groups found Illinois is one of many states with inadequately and inequitably funded public schools. On the issue of funding fairness, in particular, Illinois received an “F.”

A Washington Post story summarizing the findings of the reports released by the Education Law Center and the Leadership Conference Education Fund can be found here.

As these reports show, inadequate and inequitable public education funding is a problem throughout the country. At the same time, Illinois has earned a dubious distinction as one of the worst states in terms of funding fairness. What earned this failing grade? A regressive, outdated system of funding public education that shortchanges the students who most need the help. Our leaders in Springfield have a moral obligation to reform the way the state funds public schools so all Illinois children will have access to the high-quality education they need and deserve.



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