Illinois’ funding system is broken

The future of our state and its next generation of citizens is built upon how well we educate our children. Yet, we are currently shortchanging all Illinois students particularly those who need the most resources.

  • Illinois ranks worst-in-the-nation in funding equity – for ever dollar we spend on a non-low-income student, we spend only 81 cents on a low-income student
  • Illinois also ranks last in the share of education funding that comes from the state

While the historic school funding reform legislation was signed into law in 2017, the system remains inequitable and inadequate. Now we must fund the formula to ensure that the students who need the most support receive it. Further, poverty is growing in the state and funding has not kept up with the need for additional supports.

Learn more about the state’s new funding formula. Join other organizations, school districts, and school leaders who have come together to support giving all the state’s children a fair chance at the education they’ll need to be successful.

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Funding Illinois’ Future is a coalition of more than 200 school districts, school superintendents, community- and faith-based organizations that helped fix Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation school funding formula in 2017. We’re now focused on the goal of equitable and adequate funding and giving every student in the state the education they deserve. To learn more, click here sign up for our e-newsletter, or like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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