Dan Montgomery, President of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, has brought out the hoary bromide that Illinois school districts are among “the worst funded in the nation.”
That is factually incorrect.
This myth is built upon the fact that Illinois has one of the lowest State Aid to Education percentages in the country.
There is a big difference between relative low state assistance and being among the “worst funded in the nation.”
Forgotten by the IFT union official are property taxes.
According to the Rutgers University Education Law Center’s 2014 National Report Card, Illinois ranked 20th among the states.
Not exactly among “the worst funded in the nation.”