Robin Steans

Rich Egger

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.