Illinois Education Board Vote Settles 2008 Funding Lawsuit


The Illinois State Board of Education has voted to approve the settlement of a years-long lawsuit that claimed discriminatory school funding.

The board’s Wednesday vote resolves litigation with the Chicago Urban League, which claimed in its 2008 lawsuit that the state’s funding model had a “demonstrable, disparate and adverse impact” on minority students.

 Under the settlement, the board agrees that if appropriations for schools are inadequate, it will cap per-pupil cuts or use another methodology to distribute funds. That’s instead of “prorating” state aid dollars to schools when money is short.
Read more…(The State Journal-Register)

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