Illinois public schools are under attack; they don't get enough money; they don't get respect. Give them more and more and more money.
From statements like those, you'd think that Attila the Hun is riding into Illinois with the sole mission of slashing education funds down to nothing with the intent of making American children the most ignorant in the world.
Illinois spends the most per student of any state in the Midwest.
On average, Illinois schools spend $13,077 per student.
Nearly half of the money the state appropriates for education goes to fund pensions.
Money is not the problem. Demands for more money only serve to distract from the real problems with education funding: the billions of dollars trapped in Illinois’ education bureaucracy due to out-of-control pensions, duplicative school district administrations and executive pay.
$13,077 per student
Illinois already spends the most money per student of any state in the Midwest, the 13th-most per student in the nation, and far more than any other neighboring state, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The fact that this comes from the free-market think tank, the Illinois Policy Institute, will automatically make some people think that they're all lies. Although the research hasn't been challenged on its merits.
The statistic that stands out for me is the fact that nearly half the money the state educates for education goes to teacher pensions. It's sometime to keep in mind when we hear that without adequate funding:
the children will lose things like arts education (always the first thing cut), full-day kindergarten, and reasonable class sizes. Some of our schools, which are the anchors of our communities, may be closed. Teachers who work to educate our children will lose their jobs.
In other words, almost half that money is stolen from those things like art education to pay for so mething (i.e. pensions) that provides no direct student benefits. If that's not bad enough, it'll only get worse.
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