Chicago schools spend 35 percent more than Sparta High School
Operational spending at Sparta High School in Randolph is 35 percent less than the average Chicago public school.
Sparta High School is in the Sparta CUSD No. 140 School District, where operational spending is $9,862 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 Sparta High School is actually fewer than at CPS. At Sparta High School, there are 16 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 Sparta High School, the truancy rate is 2.3 percent.
The Chicago Teachers Union has called upon 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.
Meanwhile, 19.7 percent of students at Sparta High 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.