State funding for education in Illinois has dropped by hundreds of millions of dollars in the past several years.
The education advocacy group Advance Illinois has issued a "report card" on the state's public schools. It says things are improving -- but not nearly enough.
Some of the findings are scandalous: only one-third of Illinois fourth graders can read proficiently, and for African Americans, that number is just 12%.
Advance pulled those numbers from a federal study known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress.