Wednesday, June 20, 2012

We're number worst!

Illinois gets a solid F grade and is rated number one worst of all 50 states when it comes to inequitable funding. This according to the Second Edition of the National Report Card on public school funding, Is School Funding Fair?

The report lists the six states with the most regressive school funding systems in the nation. That is, where districts with higher poverty rates actually receive less funding than more well-off districts. The most regressive state is Illinois, followed by North Carolina, Alabama, Michigan, Texas and Colorado.

Valerie Strauss at the Answer Sheet, sums it all up:
Legislators can extend the school day, force new tests on students and link the scores to a teacher’s job, but a new analysis about disparities in school funding raises the uncomfortable question of just how effective any reforms can really be when issues of equity are ignored.

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