Are public schools a priority in Illinois?

Friday, May 30, 2014

The financial constraints plaguing Springfield’s District 186 and public schools throughout Illinois continue to make themselves known in a variety of unexpected ways.

A common theme in three recent news stories about District 186 goes something like this: “We need to do X, but we don’t have the money.” For example:

  • A three-year, $6 million federal School Improvement Grant that helped Lanphier High School boost academic achievement at the struggling school is coming to an end. District officials aren’t sure which of the programs the grant paid for – things such as enrichment periods, free summer school, literacy programs, extra tutoring and additional Advanced Placement courses – they’ll be able to retain once the grant runs out because of budget constraints.

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