Chicago schools spend 2 percent more than Willard Elementary School
Operational spending at Willard Elementary School in Cook County is 2 percent less than the average Chicago public school.
Willard Elementary School is in the River Forest SD 90 school district, where operational spending is $14,756 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 Willard Elementary School is actually fewer than at CPS. At Willard Elementary School, there are 18 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 Willard Elementary School, the truancy rate is 8.7 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.
73.7 percent of students at Willard Elementary 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.