ILLINOIZE: Half-Truth from the Rev. and State Senator James Meeks
I really like this post from Cal Skinner on Rev. James Meeks proposed platform of more state funding for the public schools. Mr. Skinner touched on one fact of education funding in Illinois. According to the Illinois Policy Insitute, 62% of the funding for public schools come from property taxes. Only 30% of education money comes from the state. So if you go on the basic facts Meeks is correct Illinois is last when it comes to state dollars for local public schools.
Still this would lead me to think that Meeks is still barking up the wrong tree. If he really wants schools to improve on the far south side of Chicago he shouldn't just be looking at tax dollars. There are a number of other factors here. Might the schools still be doomed to failure even if they get more money from the state?