06/05/2014 05:40 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Study Finds Plenty of Low-performing Schools Throughout the Suburbs


There's an education problem in Illinois, and this one has nothing to do with students. It's the education of parents.

Middle-class parents need to be better educated on the state of the public schools in their district. Low-performing public schools aren't solely located in the inner city, whether it's Chicago, Rockford or Aurora. Towns such as Roselle, Tinley Park and Yorkville are home to struggling schools as well.

That's according to a study of Illinois public schools from the Pacific Research Institute titled "Not as good as you think: Why middle class parents in Illinois should be concerned about their local public schools."

The Pacific Research Institute started with a study of public schools in California and are moving on to other states in the nation. Illinois was the second state they looked at. We've got a copy of the study for you to look at, plus a link to the database where you can search for the schools in your district yourself.

Regardless if your school is underperforming or not, most of the public schools in Illinois are out for the summer, and it's time for you to take advantage of the nice weather and the time off for the kids. Try one of these 25 trips to take in Illinois this summer.