Chicago schools spend 35 percent more than Pleasant Plains High School
Operational spending at Pleasant Plains High School in Sangamon County is 35 percent less than the average Chicago public school.
Pleasant Plains High School is in the Pleasant Plains CUSD No. 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 Pleasant Plains High School is actually fewer than at CPS. At Pleasant Plains High School, there are 21 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 Pleasant Plains High School, the truancy rate is 2.3 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.
33.1 percent of students at Pleasant Plains 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.