As an educator and an administrator, I'm always thinking of ways to provide children with the best education possible. Public education is supposed to be "free" in Illinois, but we know this isn't true. Someone has to fund it. Part of this responsibility lies with the state, which provides only 36 percent of school districts' total revenues. The rest of the funding comes from local property taxes. When schools rely on property taxes then it stands to reason that schools in poor neighborhoods will be drastically underfunded.