Wolf, Benjamin

​Ben Wolf discusses his involvement in a school litigation case in 1999 where plaintiffs argued that the State Board of Education and the East St. Louis School Board had not provided a sufficient level of school funding to provide a basic education to students living in the school district. During the four-years of litigation, the case was heard by the Circuit, Appellate, and Supreme Courts of Illinois. Problems found in East St. Louis schools involved unsafe building conditions, lack of certified teachers, ghost payrolls, lack of equipment, high dropout rates and low test scores.