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Low-performing public schools not limited to low-income areas

Jun 05, 2014

(Editor’s note: The full study containing the data in this piece is below the post. A searchable database of schools and school districts in the report is at the Pacific Research Institute website.)

Many middle-class Illinoisans think that most low-performing public schools are located in the inner city, not in suburban neighborhoods or in small towns.

They need to think again.

Of Illinois’ 1,156 traditional public schools with student  populations with 33 percent or fewer low-income students, 140 – or 12 percent – have 50 percent or more of their students in at least one grade level failing to meet standards…

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