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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Gary February 17, 2014 at 11:42 AM
Mr. Smith, no one likes a Grammar Nazi, no one. Not even other Grammar Nazis like a Grammar Nazi. You must be new to the on-line debate environment so I'll tell you how it works. Everyone types fast, because none of this really matters all that much in the big scheme of things. People type on their phones. It's expected that people make mistakes. Auto-correct tends to butcher things as well, so as long as the post is readable and semi-coherent then there's kind of a truce among posters that we don't waste time bashing each others' correct use the plural possessive apostrophe. So stop it. You aren't scoring any points doing that.
Herc February 17, 2014 at 11:49 AM
We do draw the line on ebonics writing, as most people can't comprehend that language! lol
seer February 17, 2014 at 12:19 PM
sure Greg S- before teachers' unions no one could read or write proper King's English. my sister is quitting teaching in San Diego after 15 years as a teacher because of all the teacher union and public school system BS and and pursuing a different line of work.
Gary February 17, 2014 at 12:25 PM
@Herc the only type of post i find unreadable is the stream of consciousness post with no punctuation or capitalization where the poster tries to paint a picture with words and ideas that don't seem to go together because dark gray clouds are a beautiful backdrop to a clear blue sky and ive only seen one poster who could do it so well that it had such a mesmerizing effect on the reader that one could think of nothing but the starving whales in the rain forest so they must read to the end of the post to see what enlightening wisdom must be revealed by the writer of this mystical prose but the universe goes on without acknowledging us and so does the stream of consciousness that promises so much but delivers so little as we stop to consider no we dont stop to consider do we we never do and thats the problem because we cant really stop nothing does its impossible stop lets all try to stop the snow keeps falling it didnt work i just learned something profound but i wont tell you what it was...
Herc February 17, 2014 at 01:33 PM
LOL Gary, love the writing composition!
Mike Francis February 17, 2014 at 02:03 PM
The idea that charter schools 'steal' money from public schools is nonsense. The money comes from taxpayers to begin with, and public schools have no more right to that money than charter schools do. Allowing the person who pays that money to determine where it goes is the American way. We have the problems that we do because there are too many people many decisions for others. Allow taxpayers to decide whether or not to send their kids to a charter school and to allow THEIR money to follow that path.
Kathy Grady February 17, 2014 at 02:14 PM
@marilyn-teachers DO pay into the pension system and benefits. They do not receive Soc. Security-even as a surviving spouse because of the Govt. Pension Offset.
Bob February 17, 2014 at 02:22 PM
I beg to differ! My property tax bill says that I paid $5637 to School District D300. It does NOT say that I paid to Elgin Academy, Bible Baptist Academy, Immanuel Lutheran, or Mr Peabody's School for the Extremely Clever. And I object to MY tax money going to any of them. And for the record I have no children in public school. What I object to is the taking of money from public schools for other purposes, be it private education or corporate greed.
Bob February 17, 2014 at 02:25 PM
if you want to allow the parent to decide where their money goes, then you open the system up to the people with no children in school choosing to not pay for any education, followed by the family with 6 kids in school paying 6 times as much as the family with one student. Do that and the whole educational system collapses.
Gary February 17, 2014 at 02:38 PM
@Bob, the education system has already collapsed under the burden of unfunded pension liabilities handed out to unions by politicians put in place by the very same unions. I trump your theoretical collapse with an actual collapse. Your play.
Herc February 17, 2014 at 02:40 PM
Probably better off letting it collapse, not much teaching being done now! With that being said, i think the money should follow the child. In cases where you have no children it should go to the taxpayers desired choice or in other words he chooses state or private. But I do feel once you reach retirement age 65 no taxes should be withheld for schools.
Gary February 17, 2014 at 02:44 PM
@Bob, do you object to taking money from public schools to fund union greed?
seer February 17, 2014 at 03:02 PM
Herc- how about I stop paying the taxes I pay right now to support the over-65's Medicare/SS Ponzi scheme that I and anyone under 50 YO will never see a dime of ?
Herc February 17, 2014 at 05:26 PM
@Seer Actually I think people should have the option of choosing where to put their money. I have never put my trust in the government regarding SS. Everyone needs to finance their own retirement plan.
Herc February 17, 2014 at 05:27 PM
Oh and Seer it probably won't be there for me either!
seer February 17, 2014 at 06:50 PM
Next up for your 401K-you will have to "voluntarily" invest some percentage (10,20,30%) in US treasuries since the Fed Reserve is the only one buying that garbage- you'll have to do it "for the children"
Herc February 17, 2014 at 07:30 PM
Well mine will be as low as you can go!
Channing Grant February 17, 2014 at 08:06 PM
I went to New Trier, my wife went to New Trier and so far 2 of my kids do. I like how things are done. My business and investments are doing very well. My home value is way up. I like how things are. Even my home in AZ value is up. Thank you Democrats. I will continue to donate to Schneiders and Schakowsky's SuperPac's. Clinton2016 and Quinn2014 are next.
seer February 17, 2014 at 10:39 PM
You do realize that the only reason that things are the way they financially are right now is the Fed Reserve is buying everything that's not nailed down-right?
Herc February 17, 2014 at 11:50 PM
Printing funny money, not worth the paper it's printed on. Read an interesting article "Expert Warns of Hyperinflation: “The American Way Of Life Will Be Destroyed” http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/expert-warns-of-hyperinflation-the-american-way-of-life-will-be-destroyed_02172014 Now this guy might be over doing it but makes you wonder.
Channing Grant February 18, 2014 at 04:43 AM
Seer, I wouldn't believe anything you say, even if your tongue was notarized.
Oliver P. McCracken February 18, 2014 at 04:31 PM
As a retired edu-ma-cator with my name emblazoned upon a very fine institution of learning (even if the entire building does smell like a changing room full of youthful pugilists and gamesmen), I have an opinion or two on the subject of schools. One of them is that no matter the money thrown into (or taken from) our schools, and no matter how fair or miserly their teachers' salaries may be, the end product is only as good as what's put INTO the system. You don't put rancid horseflesh into your sausage-grinder and expect a delicious Brat-Wurst to come out the other end, do you? Then how do you expect good young adults to graduate from our schools when their parents enrolled lousy children who weren't raised well at home? And this does not just come down to money at home, either. Some of you will say that you do this, and that your children are so much better than those renters' children in Skokie's other parts. Some of you will say that you pay above and beyond, like "John Q Taxpayer" above and his "private tutors"... But entitled, spoiled children whose parents can't be bothered to put in the work of parenting and teaching, themselves, will result in entitled, spoiled, lousy adults.
Herc February 18, 2014 at 06:00 PM
Oliver, I agree with your statement about misbehaved children. I put the blame on the liberal progressives, and yes they're in both parties. There's no discipline at home nor at school. We have children having children. We teach our children it's okay to have babies out of wedlock. There's no morals or shame on what children do anymore. In the black community we teach them it's because whites are racist and hold them back it's called inequity! The white children are told they were born privileged and should be ashamed of there race. Children have no respect for authority, I call it the break down of society the modern day Sodom and Gormorrah.
Herc February 18, 2014 at 06:03 PM
But, Oliver we have a lot of teachers that could give a crap! We need to get rid of them also!
Bernard Johnson February 19, 2014 at 12:39 AM
When does the bilingual program for native English speakers begin? After all, they're in the minority in the CPS now - tit for tat, how bout dat?
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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