The average teacher in Oak Park-River Forest D200 received $135,194 in total compensation during the 2015-2016 school year for working nine months, according to an analysis of Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Teachers Retirement System (TRS) records by the West Cook News.
Forest Park School District 91, Hinsdale Township High School District 86 and Lyons Township High School District 204 spend the most per student in West Suburbs, according to the latest Illinois Schools Report Card.
An annual Illinois assessment of student, school and school district performance labels more than 77 percent of K-12 schools as exemplary or commendable, even though students' academic test results appear static and sub-par in many instances
Forest Park SD 91 in Forest Park receives $1,015 per student from the state to fund pensions for public school teachers and administrators – the most in West Suburbs, according to a Wirepoints analysis of Teacher Retirement System data.
Earlville CUSD 9 in LaSalle County receives just $230 per student from the state to fund pensions for teachers and administrators, the lowest of all other districts, according to a Wirepoints analysis of Teacher Retirement System data.
Rondout SD 72 in Lake County receives $1,579 per student from the state to fund pensions for teachers and administrators, leading all other districts, according to a Wirepoints analysis of Teacher Retirement System data.
Cook County residents would pay $3,119,633,397 more in state income taxes if the state agrees to increase school funding by $7.2 billion, according to a Prairie State Wire analysis of Illinois Department of Revenue data.
When state legislators and their aides analyzing a 500-page public education bill have had questions-- about what its language intended, or what its complex mathematical formulas meant-- they've heard a common response.
"You'll have to ask Ralph."
Democratic state lawmakers showed their true colors in May when they demanded an investigation into an article about apparently doomed school funding reform legislation, a radio show co-host said recently.