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Our November 12 Roundtable event, co-sponsored with the AAUW, highlighted the shortcomings of Illinois school funding. Illinois, with 872 school districts, has the largest number of individual local districts of any state in the U.S. Our schools rely on property taxes for the bulk of their funding, with state aid helping to equalize the inevitable inequities for students. The ACT has warned that only 25% of all Illinois students are college-ready upon graduation from high school. Currently, one third of our students across the state do not graduate from high school. Early childhood education, one of the most effective means of boosting future educational performance has been cut due to the shortfall in state funds.
According to Senate Minority Leader, Christine Rodogno, the pension crisis is "sucking money" from education. In the `90's, Illinois made a policy decision that funding for our schools should come from property taxes to ensure local control, despite the constitutional mandate for the more progressive income tax as the basis of school funding. State Representative Darlene Senger mentioned that the diversity within the state complicates funding policy. Larry Joseph, of Voices for Illinois Children, reported that child poverty is on the increase, especially in the collar counties. According to Rodogno, school achievement is a concern for everyone but there is "no linear relationship" between spending and achievement.
|The League of Women Voters of Naperville is now accepting online donations and membership dues payments. If you are new to Naperville and want to join the league you can also do that online.|
Rooted in the movement that secured women the right to vote, the League of Women Voters has always been committed to registering, educating and turning out voters -- and we're not stopping now. To help us continue this vital work, please make a donation today. Your support helps the League continue to fight every day for free, fair and accessible democracy that works for all of its citizens -- not special interests.