Chicago schools spend 26 percent more than Northwest Ekementary
Operational spending at Northwestern Elementary School in MacOupin is 26 percent less than the average Chicago public school.
Northwestern Elementary School is in the Northwestern CUSD 2 school district, where operational spending is $11,124 per year, per student.
In the Chicago Public School District (CPS), the average school spends $15,120 per year, per student.
The number of students per classroom at Northwestern Elementary School is actually fewer than at CPS. At Northwestern Elementary School, there are 19 students per classroom, while at CPS there are 24.
However, at CPS, while schools are staffed for full enrollment, 27 percent of students are "chronically truant." That means adjusted for actual student attendance, CPS has 17.5 students per classroom.
At Northwestern Elementary School, the truancy rate is 8.7.
The Chicago Teachers Union has called upon state taxpayers to increase state funding to CPS by 25 percent, or to $20,000 per student. City officials are considering filing a federal lawsuit to require the rest of Illinois to provide this funding.
Of students at Northwestern Elementary School, 23.7 percent earned a passing score on the 2015 Illinois standardized K-12 test, or "PARCC" exam.
On the same exam, 25 percent of CPS students earned a passing score.