Chicago Public Schools Fiscal Year 2014 Budget

Reader's Guide

Budget Overview


The Chicago Public Schools’ FY2014 Proposed Budget is the financial and policy plan proposed to the Chicago Board of Education for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2014. The fiscal year encompasses 12 months, as mandated by the 1995 Amendatory Act enacted by the Illinois legislature.

Most likely you are reading the FY2014 Proposed Budget on the Chicago Public Schools website. This site contains the official budget document as well as interactive features that make additional information more easily accessible.

Interactive Budget Reports

We are providing enhanced interactive budget reports that allow you to view the entire operating budget and drill down to get more detail on any component of the budget that you are interested in. An entire database of budget information is available to you.

The interactive reports include:

  • Budget by Unit, including schools and Central Office departments
  • Budget by Fund, such as general fund or federal and state grants
  • Budget by Account, such as salary, benefits, commodities and contracts
  • Budget by Program, such as instruction, support services and community services
  • Revenues & Expenditures report, providing information on debt service and capital funds, as well as general operating funds
  • School List, which lists all schools by network

The School List report is the quickest way to get budget information about a particular school. The top of the report contains a search box where you can type in a school name and go directly to that school’s budget.

School budget reports provide information about:

  • Student and teacher counts
  • A school’s budget by account
  • A school’s budget by fund source
  • The number of teacher and support personnel positions staffed at the school

The school budget reports also allow you to drill down for more detailed information.

This year we are adding even more personnel data and a more comprehensive breakdown of the overall budget, showing revenues and expenditures within each of our funds. 

Budget Book Chapters

The FY2014 Proposed Budget includes narrative overviews of Chicago Public Schools (“CPS”) programs, goals, financial policies and procedures, and summary and detailed financial tables. These chapters are accessible from the list of links on the left side of the screen on the home page of the budget website.

The following chapters are included:

Budget Overview:

This chapter summarizes the District’s financial position, outlining the goals and objectives that the District seeks to achieve in the current fiscal year and in the future. Summary tables provide additional details of the financial picture.

Fund Balance Statement:

This chapter explains CPS’ goals for maintaining a minimum fund balance (cash reserve) and how it is calculated.

Fund Descriptions:

Funds are separate accounting entities that ensure taxpayer dollars are spent as authorized. This chapter describes the four governmental funds types used by CPS:  General Fund, Special Revenue Funds, Capital Projects Funds and Debt Service Funds.  This year we are adding a new presentation that better distinguishes how funds are received and spent: General Budgeted Funds, School Generated Funds, State and Federal Grant Funds, Capital Projects Funds and Debt Service Funds.


Included in this chapter is a description of each of the District’s revenue sources, the assumptions and factors that influence our revenue projections and year-to-year comparisons.


This chapter provides an overview of school budgets and the resources given to schools, as well as a year over year comparison of total school funding.

Organizational Overview:

This chapter explains the CPS organizational chart by providing detailed information for each level of management.


Profiles of each Central Office department, including its mission and major programs, FY2014 budget summary, major accomplishments and key budget initiatives are included in this chapter.


This chapter provides a basic overview of the District’s pension obligations and challenges.

Capital Budget:

The Capital Budget chapter describes our plan for major infrastructure investments. Because capital projects often take longer than one year to complete, a separate capital budget is prepared. This chapter outlines the projected expenditures for multi-year projects and explains the impact of the capital budget on operating expenses. A separate capital budget website with more detailed information on all of the projects can be found on the CPS website.


This chapter provides detail on the Board’s debt management practices. It presents a complete picture of the District’s use and management of debt. It includes a list of the current outstanding debt, proposed debt issuances and all debt service requirements.

More Information:

This section includes information on demographics, school funding formulas, historical revenue/expenditure tables, the budget process, financial policies, the budget resolution and a glossary.

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