ERIC Number: ED404413
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Dispelling Myths: A Comparison of Spending for Public Education in Chicago and Its Suburbs.
By comparing resource expenditures of academically high achieving school districts in the Chicago (Illinois) suburbs with those of the Chicago Public Schools, this study contends that Chicago's schools are asked to perform at a high level with far fewer resources than the highest performing schools in the region. This analysis linked high school and elementary districts with overlapping boundaries to establish 14 combined districts in the city. A total of 87 suburban school districts were included. Contrary to popular perception, Chicago spent a larger percentage of its total budget on instruction and much less on administration than the highest achieving districts in the metropolitan area. Despite the different levels of resources, the city allocated its financial resources in ways that were similar to those of the highest achieving districts. What distinguished Chicago from the highest achieving districts was that the city schools had less money to educate students that are far more disadvantaged and in need of greater instructional and support services. Administrative costs were actually lower in Chicago. The city could not afford the support services available in suburban districts. Overall, it was apparent that inadequate resources hamper Chicago's ability to provide instructional programs. One appendix lists the highest achieving school districts in the Chicago area. (Contains 11 tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditures, Financial Support, High Achievement, Public Education, Public Schools, Resource Allocation, School District Spending, School District Wealth, School Districts, Suburban Schools, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Chicago Urban League, IL.