Chicago schools spend 35 percent more than Farmingdale Elementary School
Operational spending at Farmingdale Elementary School in Sangamon County is 35 percent less than the average Chicago public school.
Farmingdale Elementary School is in the Pleasant Plains CUSD 8 school district, where operational spending is $9,891 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 Farmingdale Elementary School is actually fewer than at CPS. At Farmingdale Elementary School, there are 20 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 Farmingdale 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.
49.4 percent of students at Farmingdale 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.