Chicago schools spend 49 percent more than Marshall CUSD 2C
Operational spending at South Elementary School in Clark is 49 percent less than the average Chicago public school.
South Elementary School is in the Marshall CUSD 2C school district, where operational spending is $7,690 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 South Elementary School is actually fewer than at CPS. At South Elementary School, there are 19 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 South 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, 10.7 percent of students at South Elementary School earned a passing score.
On the same exam, 25 percent of CPS students earned a passing score.