CHICAGO -- An group of Illinois school districts yesterday asked the state appellate court to overturn a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit that claims the state's school funding system in unconstitutional.

D. Kendall Griffith, an attorney for the Committee for Educational Rights, an association of 75 Illinois school districts, said that the disparities in per pupil spending across the state violate the Illinois Constitution, which requires the state to provide an adequate, equitable, and "efficient system of high-quality public education."

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