Lawsuit: Illinois education financing discriminates against disadvantaged

08/21/2008 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Illinois' school-financing system violates the state's constitution and civil-rights laws by leaving schools in poorer communities with far less funding, says the Chicago Urban League in a new lawsuit against the state and its board of education. The suit alleges that the state relies inordinately on local property taxes to foot the bill for education, which works to the disadvantage of struggling communities. At the time of this article, state officials had not yet reviewed the lawsuit, per a state board of education spokesman.

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