Chicago schools spend 24 percent more than Murphysboro Middle School
Operational spending at Murphysboro Middle School in Jackson is 24 percent less than the average Chicago public school.
Murphysboro Middle School is in the Murphysboro CUSD No. 186 School District, where operational spending is $11,467 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 Murphysboro Middle School is actually fewer than at CPS. At Murphysboro Middle School, there are 23 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 Murphysboro Middle School, the truancy rate is 8.7.
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, 21.8 percent of students at Murphysboro Middle 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.