The 21st Show

How Illinoisans fund public education


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Since Illinois started the Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act in 2017, the state has made progress in addressing disparities in educational funding, directing resources to the schools most in need, particularly in lower-income and minority areas. The initiative, spearheaded by experts such as Elaine Gaberik and Ralph Martire of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, aims to level the playing field for all students.

However, concerns are growing over the increasing reliance on student loans for higher education funding, potentially prompting students to seek education outside Illinois, with implications that could disproportionately affect low-income and minority students


Elaine Gaberik

Research associate, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA)

Ralph Martire

Executive director, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA)