Facing a $665 million budget deficit, Chicago Public Schools has had to make difficult but necessary choices about how to protect key investments in student learning. This budget tool allows you to see for yourself the kinds of tradeoffs that CPS’s budget situation requires. Adjust the below sliders left to right to get a sense for the choices facing Chicago Public Schools, but be careful to stay within the CPS operating budget of $5.162 billion. If you exceed the total operating budget, your “Current Budget” figure will turn from black to red.

NOTE: This budget tool offers you a broad overview of the different categories of spending in CPS's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2013. Visit the CPS Interactive Budget Report page to access more detailed information about the proposed budget. Also visit the FY13 Budget page to read about the budget process or go back to the CPS home page.

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Current Budget:

$5,162,800,000

Spending Choices

Move the sliders to reduce or increase spending.

Elementary Class Size
CPS Expends 1 - Mouseover Text
Current class size
$953,541,571
This spending category reflects the costs of salaries and benefits for elementary school teachers. Despite facing a $665 million deficit, CPS is maintaining class size at the same level as last year.
Special Education
CPS Expends 2 - Mouseover Text
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$776,691,968
Schools receive special education teachers and special education aides based on the number of minutes of specialized instruction that must be provided to the school’s special education students, as identified in their individualized education programs (IEP).
Discretionary Funding for Schools
CPS Expends 3 - Mouseover Text
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$580,805,814
This year's budget has increased the amount of discretionary funds that go directly to schools by $130 million. The College Ready fund alone included $100 million in flexible funds to be used at principals' discretion to design a school day that best supports the needs of their unique student body. These dolllars will help ensure that the new Full School Day and year this fall will be a quality one for students by helping to fund investments in teaching positions, support staff, technology and other tools to help teachers and principals implement the Full Day.
High School Class Size
CPS Expends 4 - Mouseover Text
Current class size
$479,318,412
This spending category reflects the costs of salaries and benefits for high school teachers. Despite facing a $665 million deficit, CPS is maintaining class size at the same level as last year.
Facilities
CPS Expends 5 - Mouseover Text
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$396,000,000
This category of spending pays for utilities at school buildings, engineers to make sure school buildings are well-maintained, and custodians to keep school buildings clean.
Charter Schools
CPS Expends 6 - Mouseover Text
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$380,617,865
Charter schools are public schools open to all Chicago children that operate independently from the Board of education and each other. After significantly cutting charter funding in FY 2010, funding for charter schools represents a move toward more equitably funding students in all schools — traditional district and charter alike.
Federal Grant Programs
CPS Expends 7 - Mouseover Text
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$338,241,274

In addition to Title I funds that are given as discretionary funding to qualifying schools, CPS receives other funding from the federal government for various grant programs, such as Title II grants for reducing class size and funding professional development and Race to the Top funds supporting CPS's five new Early College Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics High Schools. (Read more about CPS's new Early College STEM Schools here.)
Food Services
CPS Expends 8 - Mouseover Text
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$245,243,108
CPS provides 250,000 nutritionally balanced lunches and 160,000 breakfasts every day at low or no cost to students. Over 80% of CPS students are eligible for free or reduced-cost lunch and a large percentage rely on meals provided at school.
Central Office
CPS Expends 9 - Mouseover Text
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$215,207,463
Functions provided by CPS Central Office departments include delivering accurate data on schools; managing the CPS budget and grants; ensuring that school operations run smoothly; communicating with parents, teachers, and the public; setting standards for school quality; sharing innovative educational practices; and recruiting talented school leaders, teachers and district staff. Central Office staff has been cut by almost 30% since 2009, and the Central Office budget has been reduced by more than $500 million over the past two years. (Read more about Central Office departments and their individual budgets here.)
Early Childhood
CPS Expends 10 - Mouseover Text
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$208,974,801
This includes Preschool for All, Head Start, Tuition-Based Preschool, and home visits to families with children ages birth to 3.
General Fund Programs
CPS Expends 11 - Mouseover Text
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$192,297,623
Programs funded from this source include JROTC programs that serve more than 10,000 students, turnaround schools managed by the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), and the Critical Language Initiative.
School Administration
CPS Expends 12 - Mouseover Text
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$180,944,152
This category includes salaries and pensions for principals, assistant principals and school clerks.
Transportation
CPS Expends 13 - Mouseover Text
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$83,036,475
CPS provides transportation to and from school for more than 13,000 students and an additional 9,800 special education students traveling to schools across the city, with some students traveling as many as 20 miles each day.
Magnet, Gifted, Talented Programs
CPS Expends 14 - Mouseover Text
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$59,751,803
These funds support Advanced Placement, Magnet, IB and Gifted/Classical options for academically advanced students.
Bilingual Education
CPS Expends 15 - Mouseover Text
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$38,043,144
Schools receive supplemental funding for bilingual education teachers based on their number of English language learner (ELL) students.
Network Support
CPS Expends 16 - Mouseover Text
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$34,084,527
CPS schools are divided into 19 geographic networks; 14 networks of elementary schools and five of high schools. Principals and school leaders within each network focus on sharing best practices about instruction, teacher development and programs that drive student achievement.

Current Budget:

$5,162,800,000
 

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