12 families added to school-funding suit

October 16, 2008 2:27:18 PM PDT
The Chicago Urban League has added 12 families to a lawsuit demanding a change in the way Illinois funds education. The amended civil rights suit was announced at a news conference on Thursday.

The original suit had no families attached to it. The new one names 12 families whose children suffer from poorly funded schools, according to the Urban League.

The Urban League wants the current method of school funding declared unconstitutional and in violation of the 2003 Illinois Civil Rights Act. It says, under the system, minority students don't have equal educational opportunity.