Harlem School District demanding equal funding for students’ education

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MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WIFR) – Teachers, students, and staff at Harlem School District are worried kids may not be getting the best education possible because of a lack of state funds.

The Harlem School District says their mission is to make sure all students have equal access to opportunity and success. Now, they’re worried that’s in jeopardy.

The District says Illinois has the largest education funding equity gap in the country. They believe it’s not fair that students and staff have to suffer simply because the money’s not there.

Sitting in on those meetings and have to tell individuals who love their jobs, love our kids that we can no longer afford to keep them is heart breaking,” Harlem High School Principal Terrell Yarbrough.

“My Trig book, specifically there's a huge chunk missing out of it. If that signifies anything, it signifies the lack of state funding that we get. It's not a complete book, it's not a complete education without the other part,” says Harlem High School Senior Mickey Redington.

Harlem School District says they encourage elected officials in Springfield and Governor Bruce Rauner to provide equal funding for every school in the state.