Chicago schools spend 42 percent more than Jacksonville No. 117
Operational spending at Jonathan Turner Jr. High School in Morgan is 42 percent less than the average Chicago public school.
Jonathan Turner Jr. High School is in the Jacksonville No. 117 school district, where operational spending is $8,840 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 Jonathan Turner Jr. High School is actually fewer than at CPS. At Jonathan Turner Jr. High School, there are 16 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 Jonathan Turner Jr. High 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.
One-third of students at Jonathan Turner Jr. High School 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.