By: Diane Benjamin
The Illinois Comptroller’s Office has lots of interesting information.
Look at this site: http://warehouse.illinoiscomptroller.com/
Virtually every level of Illinois government is required to complete information for this site. Schools must not be required to provide much information. Cities, towns, villages, etc enter much more.
I was looking at area schools and noticed something strange. Unit 5 hasn’t reported their numbers from June 30, 2016. I assume they are being fined by now. Bloomington was late last year and was subject to fines for non-compliance. Only a FOIA will answer that question. (Filed!)
From the numbers that are available it is possible to calculate how much is appropriated per student – basically spending per pupil. The site lists total appropriations and enrollment – just divide it. The site won’t allow me to link to each page, so you will have to look each up yourself.
McLean County Unit 5 spends $11,186
Bloomington SD 87 spends $15,087
Olympia spends $13,436
Leroy spends $8,713
Tri-Valley spends $8,342
The difference between highest and lowest is $6,745!
I really wanted to know how much debt each is in, but that information isn’t available here.
How do these school compare on College Readiness? There is a website for that too:
The district that spends the most (Dist 87) has the fewest number of students ready for college.
The district that spends the least (Tri-Valley) has the most students ready for college.