09/21/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

The School Funding Gap

A new Chicago Reporter analysis of school funding data shows the long-term disparities in school funding as area civil rights leaders filed a lawsuit against the state and its school board for providing that inequity.

The Chicago Urban League and the Quad County Urban League on Aug. 20 filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against the State of Illinois and the Illinois State Board of Education, claiming the defendants violated students' civil rights by providing unequal funding to schools based on race, particularly black and Latino students. [Click here to download the groups' press release.]

The Reporter analyzed funding for 857 elementary, high school and unit districts in Illinois and found wide gaps in funding.

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