school funding

Illinois Capitol
State of Illinois

On Midwest Week, for the first time in many, many years, Illinois has reformed its school funding formula, but it wasn't easy.

On Midwest Week, Davenport challenges the state of Iowa to fix the school aid formula.  

News headlines for August 4, 2017

State of Illinois

Illinois now has its first state budget in two years, but it doesn't answer some important questions, like how k-12 schools will be funded.

state of Iowa

Collective bargaining, gun rights, and school funding are just a few of the issues debated by the Iowa legislature this year. And on Midwest Week, a look at what happened.  

Normally when I report on Illinois school funding, the story involves some task force or legislation trying to make our system more equitable. I always mention that's because Illinois relies on property taxes to fund schools, so schools in prosperous places have every amenity while schools in areas with low property values are out of luck. Today, though, I'm reporting on something entirely different — a whole separate method Illinois uses to make school funding inequitable.