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Federal Subsidies to Chicago Schools: $4 Billion in 4 Years; $10,540 Per Student

millermedia 2012/09/11 16:25:47
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Taxpayers in places as divergent as Florida and Montana, Nevada and New Hampshire, Arizona and Maine--as well as their children who will eventually need to pay the interest on the federal government's growing debt--may not think they have a stake in the Chicago teachers strike, but in fact the budgets of the Chicago Public Schools show that American taxpayers everywhere have literally billions at stake in what goes on in this one city's public school system.

Over the past four years, the Chicago public schools have churned through total revenues of approximately $20.27 billion and about $4.26 billion of that revenue—or almost 21 percent of it—has come from the federal government.

That is $4.26 billion the federal government has either taken from Americans in federal taxes or has borrowed and added to the national debt.

In fiscal 2009, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Department of Education spent $53.389 billion. In 2010, that climbed to $92.858 billion, then in 2011, it dropped to $65.484 billion. This year, according to OMB, Department of Education spending will hit an historical high of $98.467 billion.

In fiscal 1989, the last year that President Reagan was in office, the U.S. Education Department spent $21.468 billion, according to OMB. Even adjusted for inflation, that would only be $39.664 billion this year. That means, that since 1989 the Department of Education spending has grown by almost 150 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars (from $39.664 in 2012 dollars to $98.467 in 2012 dollars).

Given that the Chicago Public Schools had a total enrollment of 403,770 students in 2011, according to the Illinois State Board of Education, that means that over the past four yeas the federal government has provided the Chicago Public Schools with about $10,540 in subsidies for each of its students..

According to the Illinois District Report Card for the Chicago Public Schools published by the State of Illinois, the average salary for a school teacher in the Chicago Public Schools in 2011 was $71,236. In 2010, according to the Census Bureau, the median household income in the United States was $49,445 and for lllinois it was $50,761.

Based on National Assessment of Educational Progress tests administered to students nationwide in 2011, the U.S. Department of Education determined that 79 percent of 8th graders in the Chicago Public Schools were not grade-level proficient in reading and 80 percent were not grade level proficient in math.

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  • micha77 2012/09/11 18:45:14
    Chicago ties to the White House!
    micha77
    +7
    You can't throw money at education and expect results. It begins with the teachers. Get the feds out of the education business and leave it up to the states. The teachers with proven results should be compensated for their skills and ability to produce a superior product. Students and parents should be given a choice of what schools they attend. America is falling behind in education. The current model isn't working. It's time to put new ideas to work in education. It's not about politics, unions or ideology. It's all about the students, the young Americans who are the future of this republic.

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  • Balladeer-PWCM-POTL 2012/09/12 23:23:10
    Chicago ties to the White House!
    Balladeer-PWCM-POTL
    +1
    And the teachers say it's not enough!!!
  • Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F 2012/09/12 23:20:50
    Chicago ties to the White House!
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +1
    This has been going on nationwide for more than a decade and has accomplished nothing except to line some crooks' pockets. If anything, kids are dumber. Those striking Chicago teachers aren't inspired educators, they're greedy douche-bags.
  • baboula 2012/09/12 12:45:49
    Chicago ties to the White House!
    baboula
    +2
    and people think more money is going to make education better?
    It makes the bak accounts of the teachers better but the kid's education? Nope
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2012/09/12 03:05:22
    Chicago ties to the White House!
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
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    Tax and Spend liberals.
  • BlueRepublican 2012/09/12 00:57:52
    My school district does not get these type of subsidies
    BlueRepublican
    +3
    Lousy schools beget lousy results. Doesn't matter how much $ you throw at 'em.
  • fedup52 2012/09/12 00:35:24
    Chicago ties to the White House!
    fedup52
    +2
    Money is the corruptor. If earned it is used wisely and with care. When received for doing nothing it is thrown away as fast as it is received. You can't change the culture of entitlement until you cut them off
  • umapathy Krishnamurthy 2012/09/12 00:05:23
    My school district does not get these type of subsidies
    umapathy Krishnamurthy
    Hmmm wow not so much in our country
  • Boo 2012/09/11 21:47:51
    Chicago ties to the White House!
    Boo
    +2
    And their teachers have the audacity to strike. Typical union scumbags. The good news--Rahm Emanuel is getting his just reward!
  • Bob DiN 2012/09/11 19:29:37
    Chicago ties to the White House!
    Bob DiN
    +3
    Hey that's how Obama and the Chicago Mob operate.
  • schjaz 2012/09/11 19:18:42
    Chicago ties to the White House!
    schjaz
    +5
    The teachers in the Chicago area are the highest paid in the nation, making $71,000-$74,000 a year plus pensions and other perks and the students there are the worse failures.
    What does that tell us? That throwing money at a problem does not solve it. Now, the teacher's want a 35% raise. They should all be fired and the union broken for good.
  • Aqua Su... schjaz 2012/09/12 22:27:19
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  • Patriot Unit 2012/09/11 19:11:01
    Chicago ties to the White House!
    Patriot Unit
    +6
    And just why is any City School getting Subsidies. Over and above what is sent to the Feds from out local taxes. The Schools demand that our children fill a seat daily in order to get their share or the funds that are collected at the local level for education, but its all sent to Washington, so that they can distribute it. Don't make much sense to me, because the local schools should know what they need, and should not have to beg the Feds for money that was set aside for the school. So why do select schools get something more. They don't teach any better than when I was in school if they even come close to it. And why the hell does 71 cents of every dollar go to their retirement. All teachers should be merit tested yearly, and if they don't pass mustard, then they should be fired. Our children's education is more important than any teachers lack thereof.
  • micha77 2012/09/11 18:45:14
    Chicago ties to the White House!
    micha77
    +7
    You can't throw money at education and expect results. It begins with the teachers. Get the feds out of the education business and leave it up to the states. The teachers with proven results should be compensated for their skills and ability to produce a superior product. Students and parents should be given a choice of what schools they attend. America is falling behind in education. The current model isn't working. It's time to put new ideas to work in education. It's not about politics, unions or ideology. It's all about the students, the young Americans who are the future of this republic.
  • Marc m 2012/09/11 18:28:22
    My school district does not get these type of subsidies
    Marc m
    +5
    Give ME $10,540 and I'll educate my own child
  • tncdel 2012/09/11 17:31:27
    Chicago ties to the White House!
    tncdel
    +6
    Obama earmarks aplenty.
  • themadhare ~IJM 2012/09/11 16:56:07
    Chicago ties to the White House!
    themadhare ~IJM
    +7
    71 cents of every additional dollar goes to teachers' pensions.
  • whitewulf--the unruly mobster 2012/09/11 16:43:59

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