Chicago schools spend 16 percent more than Feitshans Elementary
Operational spending at Feitshans Elementary School in Sangamon is 16 percent less than the average Chicago public school.
Feitshans Elementary School is in Springfield School District 186, where operational spending is $12,704 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 Feitshans Elementary School is actually fewer than at CPS. At Feitshans Elementary 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 Feitshans 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.
On the 2015 Illinois standardized K-12 test, or "PARCC" exam, 9.4 percent of students at Feitshans Elementary School earned a passing score.
On the same exam, 25 percent of CPS students earned a passing score.
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