"Parents should make sure this is a point of conversation at PTA and school board meetings," Batchu says. "The most important thing is to make sure their fellow parents and community members are informed and engaged."
Fifth-largest population and personal income
Twelfth-highest personal income per student
Forty-seventh in state share of tax revenue for schools per $1,000 of income
Forty-first in state and local spending for education per $1,000 in personal income
Tenth in local share of tax revenue for schools per $1,000 in personal income
Forty-seventh in the amount of funding the state provides for education
Largest gap of all states in per-pupil education spending between the state's highest and lowest poverty districts-and the gap has been widening each year
Source: "Condition of Public Education 2003," Illinois State Board of Education. Reprinted by permission from the A+ Illinois Web site, www.aplusillinois.org.
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