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Two Morgan School Districts Among Top 10 Fairest: Report

Two school districts in Morgan County are among the most equitable in the state, according to a report released Tuesday.

Franklin and Meredosia-Chambersburg Ranked in Top 10 Fair School Districts in Illinois, Personal Finance Site Report Says WalletHub.

The report compiled a list of nearly 13,000 school districts from every US state except Hawaii, then compared the average household income in those districts and how much the district spends on its students per student to the average. of each person’s state.


For Illinois, 849 districts were compared. The median household income in the state was $68,428 at the 2020 census, while a 2021 article by The Center Square put the average spending per student from kindergarten through high school at $16,200.

Franklin ranked sixth on the list, spending an average of $16,428 per student and having an average household income of $70,114. Superintendent Jeff Waggener said the district’s relatively small size “allows us to spend a little more money on fewer students,” which he says helps districts his size be more competitive.

Meanwhile, Meredosia-Chambersburg ranked 10th, with an average of $20,915 spent per student and an average family income of $49,830. Superintendent Thad Walker said he was “very surprised” by the report, but the district has been trying to fit in with the community.

“We just strive to give our city and our community the best possible education,” he said.

The report also found that Illinois ranked 46th in school district equity, with Montana, California and New York trailing only.

Improving district spending equity can have tangible benefits for its students. A 2018 brief from the Learning Policy Institute found that investing even a small amount of money in stocks can increase the likelihood of college students graduating from high school.

The rankings of the other West Central Illinois districts out of 849 (in parentheses) are as follows:

Morgan County: Jacksonville (473), $14,824 per student, household income $51,605; Triopia (364), $13,231 per student, household income $64,234; Waverly (648), $11,456 per student, household income $55,334.

Brown County: Brown County (287), $14,871 per student, household income $60,521.

Cass County: AC Central (310), $15,246 per student, average income $57,899; Beardstown (726), $11,170 per student, average income $48,606; Virginia (342), $15,179 per student, average income $56,625.

Green County: Carrollton (263), $15,946 per student, average income $56,944; Greenfield (356), $14,425 per student, household income $59,211; North Greene (680), $13,146 per student, average income $44,928.

Brochet county: Griggsville-Perry (368), $16,739 per student, average income $48,958; Pikeland (693), $13,157 per student, average income $43,399; Pleasant Hill (511), $14,289 per student, average income $52,000.

Schuyler County: Schuyler-Industry (601), $13,197 per student, average income $51,525.

Scott County: Scott-Morgan (31), $17,705 per student, average income $62,000; Winchester (492), $12,998 per student, average income $58,340.

Kenilworth in Cook County had the worst results, spending an average of $40,567 per student and having a median household income of $225,625, according to the report.