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The Education Desk is our education blog focusing on key areas of news coverage important to the state and its improvement. Evidence of public policy performance and impact will be reported and analyzed. We encourage you to engage in commenting and discussing the coverage of education from pre-natal to Higher Ed.Dusty Rhodes curates this blog that will provide follow-up to full-length stories, links to other reports of interest, statistics, and conversations with you about the issues and stories.About - Additional Education Coverage00000179-2419-d250-a579-e41d385d0000

ISBE Considers Changing The Way It Spreads The Pain

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Illinois State Board of Education attracted a standing-room-only crowd of school officials from across the state, who came to tell the board how years of cuts have affected their districts.

These days, it seems like every agency in Illinois is complaining about cutbacks. Public school officials, however, are seasoned veterans, having seen the state slash their funding repeatedly over the past few years. Now, they argue how the pain is distributed.

Traditionally, it's been each district losing the same percentage of their state aid. But that method disproportionately hurts districts with low property values and high concentrations of poor kids. Superintendents from 35 such districts traveled to Springfield this week to beg the Illinois State Board of Education to use a different method -- a flat per-pupil cut.

Board members appeared persuaded, but chairman James Meeks said he wanted to notify lawmakers and Governor Bruce Rauner before a vote. The board plans to make a final decision at its next meeting, in June.  

After a long career in newspapers (Dallas Observer, The Dallas Morning News, Anchorage Daily News, Illinois Times), Dusty returned to school to get a master's degree in multimedia journalism. She began work as Education Desk reporter at NPR Illinois in September 2014.
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