ERIC Number: ED404418
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Tax Increase Is Essential To Improve Illinois Schools.
Lewis, James H.; Taylor, D. Garth
A tax increase is necessary to improve Illinois public schools, as this analysis demonstrates. When Illinois is compared to the rest of the United States, it has high wealth, low taxes, and low commitment to education. In fact, it has the financial capacity to have much better funded schools. Illinois ranked 12th nationally in average buying income per household, but ranked only 31st nationally in total dollar value of retail sales per household. The school funding for the city of Chicago ranks behind that of other major cities largely because of the low state contributions. The state has failed to fund important education reform programs authorized by the General Assembly in 1985 in the areas of early childhood programs, full-day kindergarten, dropout prevention, reading improvement, and summer programs for the gifted and talented. State funding for education has actually declined over the past decade, if declining purchasing power is taken into account. Children educated in wealthy districts benefit from the superior educational program. Currently Illinois relies heavily on local resources for education financing, but for districts with the least adequate schools, these resources are exhausted. Illinois must raise the corporate and individual income tax rate to increase the state's share of funding for education. (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago Urban League, IL.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois