Illinois Public Media Examines Inequity in Illinois Schools

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Illinois Public Media recently published an article on the divisive lines between school districts in the state – boundaries where on one side, schools have more students of color and receive significantly less per pupil funding than those schools on the other side that serve mostly white students, and have more financial resources.

The article mentions a recent EdBuild report that identifies nearly 1,000 divisive school district borders nationwide, 43 of which are located in Illinois.

In 2017, the state established a new funding formula and according to Advance Illinois, the new funding is having a tangible impact on correcting these inequities. However, almost half of all districts in the state still fall below 70% adequacy in meeting student needs.