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.

Since 2009, the state has lost $1.4 billion from the education budget (inflation-adjusted).

  • Illinois ranks 50th for the state’s share of education funding – only 28 percent of dollars spent on education comes from the state, most comes from local property taxes.
  • Illinois ranks 49th out of 50 states for funding equity – for every dollar we spend on a student with average means, we spend only 77 cents on a low income student.

Under our current funding system the amount school districts spend to educate their students varies greatly based on the district’s ability to pay. The result? Low-income students who need the most support to succeed receive less school funding than students who live in areas with higher property values. Further, poverty is growing in the state and funding has not kept up with the need for additional supports.

Illinois’ education funding system is broken and unfair. 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 working toward fixing Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation school funding formula with the goal of giving every student in Illinois 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.