New Report Shows Majority of State’s Students Are in Underfunded Schools
The negotiations for SB1, the school funding bill, bounced back and forth, with both sides of the aisle claiming they cared deeply about equitable funding for all schools, and a desire to shrink the wide gap between wealthy and poor school districts. Gov. Rauner signed a final version into law late last month. That’s just the beginning; a new report shows that 60 percent of the state’s students attend schools in under-funded districts so there is a lot of ground to make up to create a level playing field. We talk with WBEZ education editor Kate Grossman about the report, and how this plays out for students.