Story URL: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=99727
Story Retrieval Date: 6/18/2013 10:19:56 PM CST
Some New Trier students think that’s unfair and want to close the financial gap.
McCambridge and other students became interested in funding reform after nearly 1,000 Chicago students attempted to register at two North Shore schools to protest the current school funding plan in a demonstration organized by Illinois Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago).
Affluent communities, such as Winnetka, are able to devote more money to each student, in this case almost $7,000 more. The New Trier district averaged about $17,500 per student in 2007 while Chicago averaged $11,000. The statewide average was $9,900 per student, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.
Brown said the students think there should be no reason New Trier and Chicago public schools receive different funding and support Meeks’ school funding reform plan.
The Illinois Council of Students is in the process of building a Web site; the anticipated address is illinoiscouncilofstudents.org. McCambridge also encouraged supporters to contact the group at email@example.com.