Federal Funding for Illinois Schools: How Do You Like Getting Them Apples?

Illinois is in the top 10 states in terms of federal funding received for education. But where exactly does the state fall on the list?

Ever wondered how much federal money the state of Illinois gets to fund its elementary and secondary school programs? So did we.

As it turns out, Illinois was one of five states that got the most federal funding in the 2012 fiscal year (the year for which the most recent data is available). These numbers reflect funding levels for programs including career and technical education, programs for homeless children and youth, special education, and other projects. 

Curious how much money Illinois receives?


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Oliver P. McCracken February 19, 2014 at 09:40 AM
Miss Herc, I admire your well-written editorial. And it seems you've also dug deep within the Bible to find the rarely mentioned tale of two cities, Lot, and his salty wife. But from what you say about what children are taught, I highly doubt you've actually visited these schools you so quickly discredit. Why, I've not taught school full-time since the administration of that ratfink Hoover. And I retired from administrative duties before we landed men on the lunar surface. But I still have my nursemaids cart my wheeled chair to the local schoolhouses so I can see "what's going on." The schools with mostly black children aren't teaching what you claim they are. The overworked teachers can hardly teach a lick, much less instill any type of ideology, as they've no help from uncaring administrators and must spend their periods simply trying to maintain order. If anything, some type of ideology MUST be instilled, such as "You need to do well and learn so that you have a better life than your parent who works two or three jobs at an unfair wage just to feed you" instead of the current hopeless "You'll be no different than your parent, so why try?" that these youngsters feel. And in the white schools (notice how desegregation did nothing to cure our society's divisiveness and unfairness), the children need not be told they're privileged--they get the picture because they're told they CAN do anything or be anything. No, they can't. Not all of them need to go to college. Do we need more middle managers? Do we need more baristas who have unread but impressive tomes in their satchels? So perhaps we need to cheer for the underdog for once, instead of assuming how they've got it. And perhaps we need to jeer for the champion sometimes, too, to tell Babe Ruth that he might hit homeruns, but those frankfurter sandwiches are not the best idea.
Herc February 19, 2014 at 10:10 AM
Miss? Not me Oliver. Also to set the record straight, I went to a high school that was predominately black at the time. Now that high school is close to 100% black. So, I would say I have first hand experience on how and what was taught. It doesn't take a lot of money to get an education, it takes a a good work ethic and wanting to achieve. One thing my parents instilled in me is anyone can get ahead in life, you just have to work for it. Playing the pity party, doesn't help anyone! Have a good day.
Gary February 19, 2014 at 10:27 AM
@Oliver - Cheer for the underdog? OK, I can see that. Jeer the champion because he has flaws? Uh... no. Would we jeer the underdog because she has flaws? No, we wouldn't. In fact many times we cheer for the underdog precisely because of the flaws and we are hoping she will overcome them to become a champion. That is a source of inspiration for all who know they are flawed themselves and hope to one day become a champion. To summarize: You do not build yourself up by tearing down others.
Oliver P. McCracken February 19, 2014 at 02:23 PM
Fair point, Mr. Gary. Perhaps I shouldn't advocate bullying, but maybe a dose of realism for those who think the world is theirs for the taking. And maybe a clap on the back and a "Huzzah, lads (and ladies)! You can do it!" for those whose stark reality seems to be the opposite. Because is the way to help the downtrodden and build them up to remind them--and rather hatefully, it seems--of their faults? I might be an old man lying in his iron lung and praying for Death's Angel to whisk me away yonder, but I still know a thing or two about positivity. And I was positive that you'd still be a Miss, Mrs. Herc. I never thought Miss Hercutia Finkelfarb (or Herc, as I used to coo in our post-embrace moments) would find the suitor who'd settle her, much less haul her down the aisle. Shows how much I know! Where have all the young girls gone? Gone to less-crippled gentleman callers, every one, indeed!
Herc February 19, 2014 at 02:49 PM
Miss, Mrs. not even close and I don't think I'll be changing my sex anytime soon! Mr Iron Lung McCracken, I'm not sure what all that mumbo jumbo about Hercuita was about, but please feel free to live in your fantasy world. Have a good day!


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