Chicago schools spend 38 percent more than Ball Elementary School
Operational spending at Ball Elementary School in Sangamon County is 38 percent less than the average Chicago public school.
Ball Elementary School is in the Ball Chatham CUSD No. 5 school district, where operational spending is $9,330 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 Ball Elementary School is actually fewer than at CPS. At Ball Elementary School, there are 22 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 Ball Elementary School, the truancy rate is 8.7 percent.
The Chicago Teachers Union has called on state taxpayers to increase state funding to CPS by 33 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.
46.5 percent of students at Ball Elementary 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.