Special by the Metro East Sun Jan. 25, 2016, 5:21pm


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling on Illinois’ downstate and suburban taxpayers to bail out its financially beleaguered public school district. Yet an analysis of Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) data shows Metro East property taxpayers are already subsidizing a Chicago school system that spends considerably more than their own.

Chicago spent $15,120 per student in 2014, or more than 36 of 38 school districts in Madison and St. Clair counties. And more than half of that money -- $7,560 (51 percent) -- came from state and federal subsidies.

Chicago property taxpayers currently pay for just 49 percent of Chicago’s public school spending.

Roxana District 1 spent $11,940 per student in 2014. Local taxpayers covered 84 percent of the bill, or $10,940.

Central School District 104 in O’Fallon and Pontiac-West Holliday District 105 in Fairview Heights each covered 80 percent of their own public school bill.

East Alton-Wood River District 14 spent $14,327 per student, according to the ISBE; 73 percent came from local taxpayers.

Belleville Township District 201 spent $11,574 per student; local taxpayers paid 69 percent of the total.

Edwardsville District 7 covered 78 percent -- and spent only $9,064 per-pupil. State funding to District 7 amounted to $1,523 per student.

Chicago received $5,141 per-student from the state in 2014.

Emanuel and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) are asking for another $1,250 per student, for a total of nearly $6,500 from the state. They have sought to justify the bailout, decrying the city’s school funding levels as “unfair” and “inequitable.”

Metro East School Districts Ranked by % Locally Funded

 District  Community % Local Funding Per Pupil Spending
 1 Roxana 1

 Roxana 84.1%  $11,940
 2 Pontiac-West Holliday 105

 Fairview Heights 80.1% $11,243
 3 Wolf Branch 113

 Swansea 80.0% $8,673 
 4 Central 104            

 O’Fallon  80.0% $9,750
 5 Edwardsville 7            

 Edwardsville 78.3% $9,064
 6 Millstadt 160            

 Millstadt 76.5% $9,363
 7 Freeburg 70            

 Freeburg 74.4% $7,669
 8 East Alton-Wood River 14

 East Alton 72.6%  $14,327
 9 Smithton 130          

 Smithton 69.0%   $8,117
 10 Belleville Twp. 201      

 Belleville 68.6% $11,574
 11 New Athens 60          

 New Athens 68.3% $9,384
 12 O’Fallon 90            

 O’Fallon 68.2% $8,316
 13 Harmony Emge 175          

 Belleville  66.1%  $10,227
 14 Lebanon 9          

 Lebanon 65.7%  $10,753
 15 Highland 5            

 Highland 65.1% $8,888
 16 Triad 2                

 Troy 64.1%  $8,698
 17 Whiteside 115            

 Belleville 63.0% $7,933
 18 Grant 110          

 Fairview Heights 62.5%  $10,173
 19 Shiloh Village 85            

 Shiloh 59.6% $8,520
 20 Wood River-Hartford 15        

  Wood River 56.6% $8,798
 21 Venice 3              

 Venice 54.8% $20,503
 22 Alton 11              

 Alton 54.0%  $10,981
 23 Collinsville 10            

 Collinsville 53.2% $9,881
 24 Signal Hill 181        

 Signal Hill 49.5%

 $9,605
 25 Belle Valley 119          

 Belleville 49.3% $9,669
 26 Chicago            

 Chicago 49.0% $15,120
 27 High Mount 116        

 Swansea 47.7% $8,955
 28 Granite City 9            

 Granite City 47.2% $10,287
 29 Belleville 118            

 Belleville 45.1% $10,284
 30 Marissa 40            

 Marissa 43.5% $10,036
 31 Bethalto 8            

 Bethalto 43.5% $9,943
 32 East Alton 13            

  East Alton 39.0% $9,659
 33 Dupo 196              

 Dupo 38.9% $8,846
 34 St. Libory 39            

 St. Libory 38.5% $7,092
 35 Mascoutah 19            

 Mascoutah 37.4% $10,209
 36 Brooklyn 188            

 Brooklyn 33.6% $15,270
 37 Madison 12            

 Madison 26.5% $13,117
 38 Cahokia 187            

 Cahokia 19.5% $14,722
 39 East St. Louis 189          

 East St. Louis 14.6% $13,198

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