Chicago schools spend 28% more than Harvard High School
Operational spending at Harvard High School is 28 percent less than the average Chicago public school.
Harvard High School is in Harvard School District 50, where operational spending is $10,885 per year per student.
In the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the average school spends $15,120 per year per student.
The number of students per classroom at Harvard High School is actually less than at CPS. At Harvard High School, there are 10 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 Harvard 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.
At Harvard High School, 3.5 percent of students 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.
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