Chicago school funding by the numbers
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) are asking for a 25 percent increase in funding from Springfield, or nearly $4,000 more per student.
We analyzed 290 Chicago metro school districts to put CPS school funding in perspective. Do Chicago schools deserve more money?
Spending Per-Pupil: $15,120
Taxpayer Subsidy: $7,666
Local Spending Share: 49 percent
Spending Per-Pupil: $18,900
Taxpayer Subsidy: $11,446
Local Spending Share: 39 percent
Chicago Metro Avg.
Spending Per-Pupil: $13,450
Taxpayer Subsidy: $2,976
Local Spending Share: 76 percent
At $18,900 per student, Chicago’s per pupil spending would rank 24th out of 290 Chicago metro districts, just below Lake Bluff District 65 in Lake County ($19,270).
Lake Bluff property taxpayers paid for $18,017 of theirs; Chicago will pay for $7,454.