CHICAGO PUBLIC RADIO Flatlined: How Illinois Shortchanges Rural Schools In the small town of La Harpe, Illinois, high school students don’t have access to classes most suburban kids take for granted. Not Spanish, not Calculus, not even Pre-calc. That’s because La Harpe’s homes and farms generate little property tax revenue. And in America, that’s how schools get a significant portion of their funding. “Flatlined: How Illinois Shortchanges Rural Students,” starts in the La Harpe high school gym, where the Sweetheart Dance is in full swing. Winner of Sigma Delta Chi Award, Best Documentary, 2007. Part of a series (“Chicago Matters: Valuing Education”) that was awarded a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, 2007.