Graduation Term


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Department of Educational Administration and Foundations: Educational Administration

Committee Chair

Elizabeth T. Lugg


Despite the Illinois school funding formula continuing to be one of the most staggeringly unequal in the nation, the Illinois State Supreme Court excludes school finance from judicial review. Although entities such as the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education, continue to both collect and analyze education results along racial and ethnic lines, many studies leave out the importance of racism in their analysis.

In its search for the colorblind doctrine, this critical race theory (CRT) study focuses on Lewis E. v. Spagnolo, 710 N.E.2d 798 (1999). It continues the work of Bell, Crenshaw, Delgado, Orfield, Stefancic, Yosso and others who investigate minority student cause and effects. Findings indicate the colorblind doctrine as obstructive in the struggle for PK-12 funding justice. Offering a view "from the bottom", facts indicate stock stories as contributors to so called race neutral school finance policy.


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