Letters to the Editor – May 21, 2007

Fix Our Ailing School Funding Tax System 

As we all know, the way Illinois funds our public schools ensures that some children are "winners" and some are "losers," all based on where the child happens to live.  Our Illinois school funding system is overly reliant on local property taxes, with local taxes funding nearly two-thirds of the cost of education.  This regressive system leads to tremendous disparities in per pupil spending, which ranges from $4,281 to $28,285 (Illinois Education Association fiscal figures for 2005).  Every year the disparity . . .

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