District leaders argue while 20 percent of the state's students live in Chicago and local residents contribute 20 percent of Illinois' income tax revenue, the city's students are only getting 15 percent of the state's funding for K-12.
In recent years, a growing number of states have sought to create statewide school districts with the charge of taking over and improving low-performing schools.
Kaya Henderson's request for $100,000 from Chartwells came just weeks after the company was accused, in a whistleblower lawsuit, of bilking the city out of $19 million.
The poll by the Cowen Institute at Tulane University also found that New Orleans residents differed on the future of school governance in the city.
Since his appointment last fall, John B. King Jr. has championed diversity as a route to produce better outcomes for all students, arguing that it can help address big gaps in resource equity.
After the Chicago Teachers' Union rejected a fact-finder's recommendations on a new contract, the school district has called for the teachers' union to drop the strike talk and return to the bargaining table.
A fact-finder's report recommended that a contract between the Chicago Teachers Union and the school district include terms about salary, pension contributions, and healthcare from a January offer that the union had already rejected.
Superintendent Joseph Davis is asking celebrities who were outspoken about Ferguson in the wake of the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown to help by supporting a $2 million literacy initiative.
A Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights poll finds some parents believe public schools are doing a poor job overall addressing those concerns.
The suit seeks class-action status on behalf of roughly 58,000 students who have attended classes in the district since 2011.