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‘Critically Divisive Lines:’ Why Inequity Persists In Illinois Schools

Yuliana Quintana worries she won’t succeed in college because she didn’t have access to lab equipment, Advanced Placement classes, and other resources during her high school years.

Quintana, 19, was last year’s valedictorian of her high school in DePue, a tiny village about 50 miles north of Peoria.

Quintana’s school district, DePue Community Unit School District 103, is one of the poorest districts in Illinois.

DePue and more than 100 other needy school districts across Illinois received an increase in state revenue this year, thanks to the state’s new school funding formula. But those districts still need more money to offer students a quality education. Some, including DePue, are also located directly next to school districts with thousands more dollars to spend on their students.