Chicago schools spend 41 percent more than Waterloo High School
Operational spending at Waterloo High School in Monroe is 41 percent less than the average Chicago public school.
Waterloo High School is in the Waterloo CUSD No. 5 school district, where operational spending is $8,922 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 Waterloo High School is actually fewer than at CPS. At Waterloo High School, there are 20 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 Waterloo High School, the truancy rate is 2.3.
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.
Meanwhile, 68.3 percent of students at Waterloo 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.