Intro to the BGA Robert Reed Director of Programming and Investigations Better Government Association
School Budgets 101 Sarah Karp Deputy Editor Catalyst Chicago
CPS budgeting Like school lunches, we don’t know what goes in, but we don’t like the result.
Where does CPS get its money? 40 % from property taxes
Old system Schools allocated teachers based on the number of students. Small enrollment swings didn’t change the bottom line. Teacher salary didn’t matter to principals because they were given positions Less flexibility for principals
This year: Student-based budgeting Core allocation money follows the student. $4,140 per student Schools get less SBB core allocation depending on number of students who are more severely disabled
How CPS arrived at this amount Adding together last years expenditures on things that would be covered by SBB. = $2 billion But the amount was reduced because of the district’s budget deficit subtract $81 million
On top of SBB schools get: Administrative base to pay for 1 principal, 1 counselor and 1 clerk Salary adjustment for veteran teachers Magnet schools and magnet cluster schools Federal and state poverty money, based on number of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch.
Hammond elementary school Fund Grant Description FY 2013 Expenditures as of 6/30/2013 FY 2014 Approved Budget Bilingual Ed TPI & TBE00 CHILDREN-AT-RISK00 College Ready Funding84,2720 Extended Day Learning Time00 Full Day Kindergarten90,4600 General Education Fund2,154,276332,014 Operations - Custodians00 Other Gen Ed Funded Programs2,7590 Public Building Commission O & M59,0370 Special Education Fund024,874 State Maintenance Program Grant6,5500 State Special Education Block Grant 532,940661,456 Student Based Budgeting01,950,636 Summer Office Support2,0020 Supplemental Ancillary Teaching Positions 24,3200 Supplemental General State Aid (SGSA) 00 Transportation - Safety Personnel00 Workers'& Unemployment Compensation/Tort 61,20558,976 3,017,8203,027,956 Slight increase in students Slight increase in students 2013: 428; 2013: 428; 2014: 438 2014: 438 Replaced by student- based budgeting: College-ready funding Full-day kindergarten general education fund supplemental ancillary teaching positions
Where did Hammond principal/lsc decide to spend money? $300,000-$252,000$71,515
Where did Hammond principal/LSC spend money? New $80,000 investment in parent engagement/community outreach Instruction investments in art, reducing class sizes for kindergarten through third grade and preschool Reduced spending in professional development, curriculum development and recess support
South Lawndale non-charter schools Overall, 12 schools down $2.5 million Farragut High School lost 107 students; budget decreased by $1.7 million Only three schools saw budget increases: two welcoming schools (Castellanos and Cardenas); Kanoon Magnet and Hammond Small population drops in other elementary schools (less than 20 students)
Charter schools Same per-pupil amount as district run school. “administrative base” salary adjustment stipend for in- kind services (operations, maintenance, security and magnet positions) Elem k - 3Elem 4-8H.S. Weighting1.0711.24 Per pupil$4,429$4,1405,132 Admin Base$542$507$623 Teacher adjustment $98$91$112 Stipend for services $1,758$1,643$2020 Total $6827 $6381$7887 Plus, state and federal poverty money
Extra money Government Grants Private foundation grants Parent fundraising Charters bring in more---more than half bring in over $100,000 in private money Less than 10 district-run schools bring in more than $100,000
For more information To find information about specific schools: http://www.cps.edu/finance/FY14Budget/Pages/ Budget.aspx http://www.cps.edu/finance/FY14Budget/Pages/ Budget.aspx School-level budgets are under “Interactive Reports” under the “Find your school budget” tab Read Catalyst-Chicago online and in print