Chicago Public Schools Fiscal Year 2017 Budget

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Schools and Networks

FY17 is the fourth year that Chicago Public Schools has used Student Based Budgeting (SBB) to fund schools. SBB allocates funds to schools on a per-pupil basis, which creates greater consistency in funding across the District, ensuring that funding is fair and equitable, as dollars follow the students.

There are, however, two significant changes since the previous budget. First, SBB funding levels have been affected by the mid-year reductions that were announced in February 2016. Schools began FY16 with an SBB base rate of $4,390 per pupil, which was unchanged from FY15. The FY16 budget was balanced, however, on the assumption that Springfield would come through with additional funding for CPS. When it became clear that no additional funding would arrive, CPS had no choice but to reduce school budgets in February 2016. The mid-year cuts reduced the total SBB allocation by $120 million, effectively reducing the base SBB rate to $4,087 for the second half of the year. (Part of the $120 million reduction is an annualized amount that applied only to the second semester.)

SBB funding in FY17 is unchanged from the funding level announced with the FY16 mid-year reductions. The base SBB rate for FY17 is $4,087 per pupil. Throughout the FY17 budget process, CPS warned of deep cuts to school funding, including a nearly 40% reduction to the SBB rate, if Springfield did not act to provide our students the equitable resources they deserve. Thankfully, the Illinois General Assembly took action on June 30, 2016, passing a package of legislation that increased revenue by more than $600 million, allowing CPS to keep SBB funding the same as FY16’s ending rate.

The second major change in FY17 is that diverse learner funding for special education teachers and paraprofessionals has been combined with SBB funding into a single allocation. Although diverse learner funding was determined separately – based on each school’s diverse learner spending in FY16 – schools were given a single allocation to use to meet the needs of all of their students. Combining the funding sources reinforced the guidance given to schools to build a unified instructional program that met the needs of all students, rather than have one program for general education students and a separate program for diverse learners. Schools were instructed to schedule their diverse learners first and then build up the general education program around it, rather than budgeting general education first and treating diverse learners as an afterthought.

 

Enrollment

CPS has had declining enrollment for many years. Over the 10 years between 2005 and 2015, CPS enrollment has declined by more than 21,000 students, or about 5 percent. This enrollment trend is consistent with a decline in the birth rate over the same period of time – not just in Chicago, but in Illinois and the country as a whole. CPS now attracts a higher percentage of Chicago’s children than it did 10 years ago, but the pool of children is smaller than it once was. (See Appendix A for more information about enrollment and demographics.)

In FY17, we are projecting a further net overall decline in enrollment of 5,262 students, or 1.3 percent, as shown in Table 1.

 

Table 1: FY16 Enrollment and FY17 Projected Enrollment by School Type


School Type

FY16 Actual (20th Day)

FY17 Projected

Pre-K

K-12

Total

Pre-K

K-12

Total

Traditional district-run schools

21,252

303,148

324,400

21,224

298,324

319,548

Charter schools

324

58,266

58,590

339

57,957

58,296

Contract schools

0

3,230

3,230

0

2,818

2,818

District specialty schools

980

1,017

1,997

1,004

991

1,995

District options schools

0

783

783

0

1,014

1,014

ALOP/SAFE school programs

0

3,285

3,285

0

3,352

3,352

Total District Enrollment

22,556

369,729

392,285

22,567

364,456

387,023

K-12 enrollment at traditional district-run schools is projected to decline by 4,824 students, from 303,148 in FY16 to 298,324 in FY17. In past years, the decline in enrollment at District-run schools was offset by an increase in enrollment at charter and contract schools. The growth in enrollment in charter and contract schools has been decelerating for several years, and in FY17 we are projecting a slight decrease in K-12 enrollment for the first time – a decrease of 721 students, from 61,496 to 60,775.

Enrollment in Alternative Learning Options Programs (ALOP) has also leveled off, after several years of rapid growth that saw ALOP enrollment increase from 634 students in FY13 to 3,620 students at the end of FY15. Quarterly enrollment counts in FY16 ranged from 3,173 to 3,566, and we are projecting FY17 enrollment to be 3,297 students.

As shown in Table 1, pre-school enrollment is also projected to be nearly the same in FY17 as in FY16. Pre-school enrollment has been declining since fall 2011, which reflects the declining birth rates in Chicago and around the state and country. However, CPS has expanded its investment in Early Childhood education in FY17, including funding to support an increase of 53 full-day pre-school classrooms in high-need communities, to help ensure a higher percentage of families seeking Pre-K programs have accessible options this year.

 

Number of Schools

Per CPS definition, a school:

  • is officially authorized by the Chicago Board of Education;
  • is based in one or more buildings inside the geographic boundaries of the City of Chicago;
  • has or will have one of the following governance structures:  a local school council, an appointed local school council, a board of directors or a board of governors;
  • employs at least one administrator to lead the school;
  • employs at least one credentialed person to provide instruction to students;
  • provides an appropriate curriculum for each grade level served that, at a minimum, meets all requirements of the Illinois State Code;
  • requires progression towards a terminal grade level within a single school, regardless of physical location;
  • is not defined under Illinois School Code as something other than a school (e.g., an Alternative Learning Opportunity Program is not a school); and
  • has or is intended to have at least one actively enrolled student during the school year.

Based on this definition, there were 660 schools in FY16, and 652 schools in FY17. Table 2 gives the school count school type.

 

Table 2:  Number of CPS Schools by School Type, FY16 and FY17


School Type

Description

FY16

FY17

Traditional district schools

District-run schools funded through Student Based Budgeting

502

500

Charter schools

Public schools managed by independent operators and certified under state charter law

130

125

Contract schools

Public schools managed by independent operators under a contract with the District

11

9

District specialty schools

District-run schools that primarily serve students with significant diverse learning needs or early childhood students.

11

10

District options schools

District-run high schools for students in restricted environments or students who need educational alternatives to traditional high schools

4

6

SAFE school programs

Schools managed by independent operators for students who have been expelled from other schools due to violence

2

2

Total schools

 

660

652

Not counted as schools:

 

 

 

ALOP programs

Programs managed by independent operators that provide educational options for students who have dropped out of school and seek to return

13

12

 

The following school actions explain the change in school count between FY16 and FY17:

 

Table 3:  School Openings and Closings Between FY16 and FY17


School Short Name

Description

Change

Traditional District Schools

 

 

DODGE

Consolidated by board action into MORTON.

-1

AUSTIN BUS & ENTRP HS

Consolidated by board action into VOISE HS.

-1

AUSTIN POLY HS

Consolidated by board action into VOISE HS.

-1

MARINE MILITARY HS

Closed by board action due to zero enrollment.

-1

SOUTHEAST

New school.

+1

DYETT ARTS HS

New school.

+1

 

Net Change in Traditional District Schools

-2

Charter Schools

 

 

AMANDLA HS

Closed by board action.

-1

BRONZEVILLE LIGHTHOUSE

Closed by board action.

-1

CICS - HAWKINS HS

Closed by board action.

-1

SHABAZZ - SIZEMORE

Closed by board action.

-1

SHABAZZ - DUSABLE HS

Closed after completion of phase-out.

-1

GALAPAGOS

Voluntary closure by school.

-1

KIPP CHICAGO - ASCEND PRIMARY

Consolidated by board action into KIPP - ASCEND.

-1

KIPP CHICAGO - ONE

New school.

+1

NOBLE - MANSUETO HS

New School

+1

 

Net Change in Charter Schools

-5

Contract Schools

 

 

COMMUNITY SERVICES WEST

District will take over management of school.*

-1

PROLOGUE - EARLY COLLEGE HS

District will take over management of school.*

-1

 

Net Change in Contract Schools

-2

District Specialty Schools

 

 

MONTEFIORE

Closed by board action due to zero enrollment.

-1

 

Net Change in District Specialty Schools

-1

District Options Schools

 

 

COMMUNITY SERVICES WEST

District will take over management of school.*

+1

PROLOGUE - EARLY COLLEGE HS

District will take over management of school.*

+1

 

Net Change in District Options Schools

+2

ALOP Programs

 

 

PROLOGUE - WINNIE MANDELA HS

Contract not renewed by District.

-1

 

Net Change in ALOP Programs

-1

*Pending approval from the Board of Education at the August 2016 Board Meeting.

 

School Budget Overview

The FY17 budget contains more than $3.55 billion budgeted at school units, including almost $2.3 billion budgeted for core instruction at 652 schools. The following tables show fund and position allocations by school type and funding category:

 

Table 4:  FY17 School Budgets, by School Type and Funding Category


FY17 School Budgets (in $000s)

Core Instruction

Supp. Diverse Learners*

Bilingual

Early Childhood

Other Programs

Discretionary

Operations

Total

District Elementary

1,405,109

60,904

18,227

126,307

70,532

307,095

96,444

2,084,619

District High Schools

514,436

25,054

2,482

177

38,895

91,500

38,173

710,716

Charter/Contract

323,780

79,541

3,183

0

5,597

85,177

152,757

650,034

ALOP

18,893

2,615

7

0

68

4,911

9,374

35,869

Specialty

8,152

28,632

451

5,094

99

1,860

1,195

45,482

District Options

6,695

3,574

0

0

9,307

1,540

220

21,335

SAFE

761

445

0

0

989

130

850

3,175

Non-Public

0

0

0

0

60

0

0

60

Total

2,277,827

200,764

24,349

131,578

125,546

492,213

299,013

3,551,290

*Does not include almost $397 million of diverse learner funding at district elementary and district high schools that has been combined with SBB and included as part of core instruction.

 

Table 5:  FY17 Positions in School Budgets, by School Type and Funding Category


FY17 Positions at Schools (FTEs)

Core Instruction

Supp. Diverse Learners*

Bilingual

Early Childhood

Other Programs

Discretionary

Operations

Total

District Elementary

14,248.2

665.0

167.0

1,627.2

700.8

3,037.4

2,424.8

22,870.4

District High Schools

5,050.4

281.0

25.5

2.0

353.9

935.6

858.0

7,506.3

Charter/Contract

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

1.0

0.0

110.0

111.0

ALOP

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

1.0

1.0

Specialty

64.0

405.5

5.0

65.0

2.0

4.5

25.0

571.0

District Options

49.2

30.4

0.0

0.0

78.0

5.3

6.0

168.9

SAFE

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Non-Public

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Total

19,411.8

1,381.9

197.5

1,694.2

1,135.7

3,982.8

3,424.8

31,228.6

*Excludes special education teachers and paraprofessionals outside of cluster programs for district elementary and district high schools.

 

The following sections discuss Core Instruction Funding and Additional Funding Received by Schools, including funding for diverse learners, bilingual, early childhood, other programs, discretionary funds, and operations.

 

Funding for Core Instruction

Traditional District Schools

Traditional district schools are funded through SBB. The only district-run schools that do not fall in this category are the 10 specialty schools and 6 District options schools, which are discussed in later sections.

In the aggregate, funding for district-run schools is declining by more than $128 million from 20th day of FY16 – an 8.7 percent reduction compared with a 1.6 percent decrease in enrollment. The reason for this disparity is the mid-year SBB reductions in FY16, which decreased the base per-pupil rate from $4,390 to $4,087.

 

Table 6:  SBB Funding at Traditional District Schools


Traditional District Schools

FY16
20th Day

FY17
Projected

Change

% Change

Number of schools

502

500

-2

 

Number of K-12 students

303,148

298,324

-4,824

-1.6%

SBB funding, in millions

$1,472.9

$1,344.7

($128.2)

-8.7%

 

In FY17, diverse learner funding for teachers and paraprofessionals (except for cluster programs) was included with SBB funding. District-run schools received almost $397 million of diverse learner funding for a combined SBB/diverse learner pot exceeding $1.74 billion. This significant change in funding makes year-over-year comparisons difficult for district-run elementary and high schools. The FY17 budget for Core Instruction (see Table 4) is much larger than in past years for district-run schools because it includes funding for diverse learners. Supplemental funding for diverse learners, similarly, is much smaller than in past years for district-run schools because it includes only the funding for teachers and paraprofessional in cluster programs.

 

Table 7:  Positions (FTE’s) Budgeted by District Schools Using SBB Funds*


Category

Job Title

FY16
Budget

FY17
Budget

TEACHERS

Teachers**

12,029.5

10,914.7

Special Education Teachers

38.9

2,842.8

Assistant Principals

515.8

479.1

School Counselors / Social Workers / Nurse

149.2

131.6

Coaches / Instructional Leaders / Other Teachers

27.2

31.8

EDUCATION SUPPORT PERSONNEL

Special Education Support Assistants

25.3

2,321.8

Teacher Assistants

141.2

364.3

School Clerks

129.0

105.0

Instructor Assistants

18.0

73.6

School Security Officers

67.7

61.6

School Clerk Assistants

49.7

52.2

Technology Coordinators

46.0

48.7

Guidance Counselor Assistants

36.5

35.0

Other Education Support Personnel

224.0

332.0

 

TOTAL

13,498.0

17,794.2

*FY17 budget includes funding for special education teachers and paraprofessional in non-cluster classrooms.

**The reduction in teachers funded via SBB is partially offset by an increase in teachers funded through Title I, Title II and SGSA. In FY17, an additional 525.4 teacher positions are funded through those sources compared to FY16.

 

Charter/Contract Schools

Charter and contract schools are public schools managed by independent operators. First established in Chicago in 1997, they offer an alternative to traditional district-managed schools. Charter schools are approved and certified under the Illinois Charter School Law. Contract schools also are independently managed public schools with similar autonomies as charter schools in budget and curricular operations.

As outlined in Chart 1, CPS provides tuition to charter schools in two components:  SBB and non-SBB.  Together, these tuition amounts provide charter schools with an equitable share of the District’s general funds budget.

 

Chart 1:  Overview of CPS Operating Budget for Charter Funding

Overview of CPS Operating Budget for Charter  Funding

 

SBB is the largest portion of the general funds budget, and it is allocated to all schools under the SBB model, which uses the same funding formulas for district and charter schools. The General Funds budget also includes some funding categories that are considered district-wide shared obligations, such as the unfunded pension liability. Charters do not receive tuition funding based on these shared obligations. Funding for operations, security, central office expenses and education support programs, which, for district-run schools, are paid-for through citywide spending, are paid to charter schools through a second category of funding called “non-SBB” funding. This ensures that charter school students receive an equitable share of this more centralized district school spending. Additionally, charter schools receive an equitable share of each categorical funding source, where applicable.  Finally, administrative fees are charged to charter schools, so that they will contribute equitably to district overhead costs.

In FY17, two new charter schools are expected to open, and seven charter schools will close or be consolidated at the end of FY16, for a net decrease of five charter schools. CPS also chose not to renew contracts for two contract schools; pending approval from the Board of Education, these schools will be district-managed in FY17.

Enrollment at charter and contract schools is expected to decrease by 721 students, or 1.2 percent. However, general education tuition payments (SBB and non-SBB, less administrative fee) to charter and contract schools will decrease by $47.1 million in FY17 – over 9.9 percent – due to the mid-year SBB cuts in FY16 (discussed above) and a reduction in the non-SBB rate in FY17. The base rate for non-SBB funding has dropped from $1,974 in FY16 to $1,680 in FY17, a decrease of 15 percent. This is due in part to central office reductions that occurred during FY16 and will continue in FY17. The lower rate is also due to anticipated vacancy savings of $75 million in central office and district-run school budgets. Much of the vacancy savings will come in school budgets, since district-run schools will not be able to reallocate vacancy savings in FY17.

 

Table 8:  SBB and Non-SBB Tuition Funding at Charter/Contract Schools


Charter/Contract Schools

FY16
20th Day

FY17
Projected

Change

% Change

Number of schools

141

134

-7

 

Number of K-12 students

61,496

60,775

-721

-1.2%

SBB funding, in millions

$350.5

$323.8

($26.7)

-7.6%

Non-SBB funding, in millions

$138.7

$116.9

($21.8)

-15.7%

Administrative fees (estimated), in millions

($16.0)

($14.6)

$1.4

-8.8%

Total general education tuition payments

$473.2

$426.1

($47.1)

-9.9%

 

Alternative Learning Opportunity Programs (ALOP)

Alternative Learning Opportunity Programs provide different educational options for at-risk youth who are not currently enrolled in school. Since 2011, CPS has expanded partnerships with successful providers that specialize in working with off-track youth and more than doubled the number of available seats in options schools and programs.

One ALOP program was non-renewed at the end of FY16, bringing the number of ALOP programs in FY17 down to 12. In addition, 28 charter and contract schools and three district-run schools serve the same population of at-risk youth who have dropped out of school and seek to return.

 

Table 9:  SBB and Non-SBB Tuition Funding at ALOP Programs


ALOP Programs

FY16
20th Day

FY17
Projected

Change

% Change

Number of programs

13

12

(1)

 

Number of K-12 students

3,269

3,297

28

0.9%

SBB funding, in millions

$20.0

$18.9

($1.1)

-5.5%

Non-SBB funding, in millions

$8.0

$6.9

($1.1)

-13.8%

Administrative fees (estimated), in millions

($0.9)

($0.8)

$0.1

-11.1%

Total general education tuition payments

$27.1

$25.0

($2.1)

-7.7%

 

As with charter and contract schools, the mid-year SBB reductions in FY16 and the reduction to the non-SBB rate in FY17 is driving the decreases in ALOP tuition funding.

 

Specialty Schools

Specialty schools serve primarily students with significant diverse learning needs, as well as three early childhood centers that have only Pre-K students. Specialty schools include:

  • Three early childhood centers serving only Pre-K students (Vick, Thomas, Stock)
  • Three early childhood centers serving Pre-K students, but where a significant number of diverse learners remain enrolled at the school for primary grades (Blair, Beard, Rudolph)
  • Four high schools serving 100 percent diverse learners (Northside, Southside, Graham, and Vaughn).

 

In FY17, specialty schools will receive $8.2 million in funding for core instruction, which represents 17.9 percent of their overall budgets of $45.5 million.

The costs of these schools are significantly more than traditional schools when compared on a per-pupil basis to account for the specific needs of the diverse learners they serve.

 

District Options Schools

District options schools provide educational options to students in confinement, at risk of dropping out of school, or who have dropped out and wish to return. District schools include one school located at the Cook County Jail (York), one at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (Jefferson), one school serving pregnant women (Simpson), and one school serves returning dropouts and students at risk of dropping out (Peace & Education Coalition). CPS also ended contracts with the operators of two contract schools serving drop-out students (Community Services West and Prologue - Early College HS), and CPS will manage these schools in FY17.

In FY17, district options schools received a core allocation of $6.7 million for teachers and administrative positions. In addition, they received $9.3 million in supplemental Title I positions, which will help the schools address their unique challenges.

 

SAFE Schools

SAFE schools provide an educational option to students who have been expelled from another CPS school due to violence. CPS has one SAFE school on the south side of the city, and a second SAFE school on the west side. SAFE schools are managed by an independent operator.

The SBB and non-SBB tuition cost for two Safe schools is $2.3 million, which is partially offset by a state Regional Safe Schools grant of approximately $1.0 million.

 

Additional Funding Recieved by Schools

Although funding for core instruction is typically the largest portion of a school’s budget, schools receive additional funding to meet specific student needs, including funding for diverse learners, bilingual students, early childhood students, other programs, discretionary funds and school operations. See Appendix B for information on funding formulas for these allocations.

 

Supplemental Diverse Learner Funding

As mentioned above, there was a significant change in FY17 in how funding for diverse learners was allocated. For district-run elementary and high schools, funding for diverse learner teachers and paraprofessionals outside of cluster programs has been combined with SBB funding and given as a single allocation. Thus, almost $397 million of funding for district-run schools is now categorized as “core instruction” funding, rather than a separate allocation for diverse learners.

Therefore, in FY17, supplemental diverse learner funding is a smaller category because it excludes the funding that has been rolled into SBB. What remains is special education teachers and paraprofessionals for diverse learner cluster programs, all diverse learner funding for district-run specialty and options schools (which are not funded through SBB), and all diverse learner funding for charter/contract schools and ALOP/SAFE school programs.

 

Bilingual Education

Schools receive supplemental bilingual education teachers and per-pupil funds based on their number of English language learner (EL) students.  There are two programs:  Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE), for schools that have 20 or more EL students of the same language background, and Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI), for schools that have fewer than 20 EL students of the same language background. The Office of Language and Cultural Education (OLCE) tracks EL students and allocates supplemental bilingual teachers and funds to schools.

The FY17 budget contains $24.3 million in supplemental funding to schools, including 197.5 supplemental bilingual education teacher FTE’s. Bilingual education is supported by dedicated state and federal funding.

 

Early Childhood

The FY17 budget contains $131.6 million in funding for early childhood programs at 353 elementary schools. Early childhood programs serve Pre-K students, usually ages 3 and 4, and are funded from both a state grant (Pre-School for All) and federal Head Start funds. This amount also includes $2.6 million of Title I funding that is used to fund some of the costs of 14 child-parent centers, and $2.9 million for tuition-based Pre-K programs at district-run schools.

CPS also provides funding to community-based providers for early childhood programs, as described more fully in the Early Childhood department narrative, but this funding is not reflected in school budgets.

 

Other Programs

Some schools receive teaching positions or other additional funding for specific programs that are run at those schools. All programs except for STEM are funded from general funds. Details on these programs are found in their program narrative. Significant programs include:

 

Table 10:  Board Funded Programs


Board-Funded Program

Positions

Budget ($ millions)

FY16
Ending

FY17 Budget

Change

FY16 Ending

FY17 Budget

Change

Magnet Schools

151.4

150.4

-1.0

$16.3

$16.7

$0.4

JROTC

139.0

139.0

$14.1

$14.4

$0.3

International Baccalaureate

109.7

108.5

-1.2

$12.0

$11.8

($0.2)

Magnet Cluster Programs

96.0

96.0

$9.7

$10.4

$0.7

STEM*

38.0

39.0

1.0

$4.3

$4.4

$0.1

Selective Enrollment HS

34.0

35.0

1.0

$4.1

$4.1

Montessori Programs

54.0

54.0

$3.6

$3.7

$0.1

Critical Language Initiative

32.0

32.0

$3.0

$3.1

$0.1

Regional Gifted Centers

21.4

20.5

-0.9

$2.3

$2.4

$0.1

Classical Schools

13.4

14.2

0.8

$1.6

$1.6

Regional Gifted Centers ELL

7.0

7.0

$0.8

$0.8

International Gifted

2.0

2.0

$0.2

$0.2

Academic Centers

1.0

1.0

$0.1

$0.1

Totals

698.9

698.6

-0.3

$72.1

$73.7

$1.6

 *Includes grant funding.

 

Discretionary Funds 

Supplemental General State Aid (SGSA) is part of the General State Aid that CPS receives from the State of Illinois. SGSA funds are distributed to schools in proportion to the number of students enrolled who are eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunch under federal statutes.

CPS is required to distribute $261 million in SGSA funds each year. SGSA funds are initially distributed based on an estimated count of low-income students at each school, but the final SGSA amount will be adjusted based on 20th day enrollment.

The FY17 budget includes $258.8 million of SGSA funds budgeted at schools. The remaining $2.2 million remains in contingency and will be disbursed along with 20th day SGSA adjustments.

Unspent SGSA funds at a school at the end of the year carry over to the next fiscal year. In recent years, CPS has made an initial distribution of carryover funds in July based on end-of-year spending estimates. This initial distribution gives schools a substantial portion of their SGSA carryover before the beginning of the school year, in order to plan and make initial outlays for academic programs early in the year.

Carryover dollars are not usually included in a school’s budget because the budget is normally released before the end of the previous financial year. In FY16 and FY17, however, budgets were released after SGSA carryover amounts were determined, which allowed carryover dollars to be included as part of the SGSA funding in school budgets. School budgets in FY17 include just over $26.0 million of SGSA carryover.

Title I of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act provides funds to schools with high concentrations of low-income children to provide supplementary services for educationally disadvantaged students. Approximately 85 percent of CPS schools qualify for Title I discretionary funding. The FY17 budget contains $205.3 million in Title I discretionary funding for CPS schools.

Schools use Title I dollars to fund additional teacher positions and other supplemental services. For FY17, district schools allocated 62.2 percent of their SGSA funds to teachers, 24.8 percent to other non-teaching positions and 13.0 percent on non-personnel costs. For Title I, they allocated 75.5 percent to teachers, 9.8 percent to other non-teaching positions and 14.7 percent to non-personnel costs. Table 11 shows teaching positions funded in this way.

 

Table 11:  Teacher FTEs Obtained with School Discretionary Funds


Teacher FTEs Obtained with
Discretionary Funds

FY16
Budget

FY17
Budget

SGSA

1,305.3

1,455.5

Title I

1,097.8

1,346.0

Total

2,403.1

2,801.5

 

Non-Education Expenses

Schools have received additional positions, services and funding for various operational expenses. Many of these positions are managed centrally, rather than in schools, to gain district-wide efficiency and savings. Among the positions managed centrally are bus aides, engineers and custodians. In FY17, only the following non-education funding appears in schools budgets:

  • Security: School security officers and security aides are assigned to schools by the Office of Safety and Security. Security positions are budgeted at the schools.

 

  • Food Service: This includes the labor costs of the lunchroom staff; the food costs required to provide lunch and breakfast are budgeted centrally.

Please refer to the department narratives for more details about each of these operational areas.

 

Private Schools

Students, teachers and parents of private schools students are entitled to federal support through No Child Left Behind (NCLB), such as Title I, Title II, Title III, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). CPS must set aside a share of the federal funds it receives to make services available to eligible private school students, teachers and parents. However, these funds are not paid directly to the private schools; instead, CPS operates these programs on behalf of eligible students, teachers and parents.

Each year, CPS oversees and manages services for approximately 60,000 students in 240 private schools, totaling almost $24 million. In addition, we oversee services for children who attend 7 residential sites that specialize in serving children under the guardianship of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

The following chart shows the allocations directed to private schools for each of the federal programs. Funding is a proportionate share of funds based on the number of eligible students in each private school compared to the student’s designated CPS neighborhood school. FY17 amounts are projections; the final amounts will be determined only after the district’s FY17 application is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.

 

Table 12:  FY17 Budget for Private School Programs


Federal Program

FY15
Budget

FY16
Budget

FY17
Budget

Title I (Improving Academic Achievement of Disadvantaged Students)

$13,594,638

$15,265,523

$18,067,351

Title IIA (Improving Teacher Quality)

5,097,615

3,900,000

1,279,425

Title III (English Language Learners)

314,254

300,000

291,746

Individual Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

2,063,309

1,771,519

3,735,391

Title I, Part D (Neglected)

693,584

680,886

559,690

Total

$21,763,400

$21,917,928

$23,933,603

 

Networks

District-run schools are organized into networks, which provide administrative support, strategic direction and leadership development to the schools within the network.

Networks are led by network chiefs, who are responsible for building effective schools with strong leaders by developing a professional development plan, collecting and assessing data to drive interventions, collaborating on best practices with other networks, and enhancing community and parental involvement. Networks are supported by deputy chiefs, data strategists, instructional support leaders for each content area, and administrative support. Each network also has a Family and Community Engagement Coordinator and a Specialized Services Administrator, although these positions appear in the budgets for the Office of Family and Community Engagement and the Office of Diverse Learners, respectively. All network chiefs and their offices report to the Office of Network Support. 

There are 13 networks that manage schools in various different geographic regions of the city. All networks are K-12, managing both elementary schools and high schools. The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) and Service Leadership Academies also function as networks. In addition, approximately 50 schools are in the Independent School Program (ISP), which gives principals autonomy to run their schools without oversight of a network chief. Participation in the ISP program is based on the performance and experience of the principal, not the performance of the school itself.

Schools managed by AUSL, the six military academies, and schools in the ISP program do not belong to any of the 13 geographic networks.

 

Table 13: Current Network Structure

Network

City Planning Zones

1

Sauganash, Reed-Dunning, Albany Irving

2

Ravenswood

3

Austin, Belmont-Cragin

4

Logan, Lincoln Park

5

Humboldt Park, Garfield, West Humboldt, North Lawndale

6

Near North, Near West, Loop, Bridgeport, Chinatown

7

Pilsen, Little Village

8

McKinley Park

9

Bronzeville, Hyde Park, Woodlawn

10

Beverly, Midway, Chicago Lawn, Ashburn

11

Englewood, Auburn-Gresham

12

Chatham, South Shore

13

Far South, Far East

AUSL

N/A

ISP

N/A

Service Leadership Academies

N/A

In FY17, networks retained staffed positions from the previous year. Each network received a $5,000 budget for administrative expenses and will receive a $50,000 budget for targeted teacher professional development. An additional $150,000 was budgeted in contingency should a network exhaust its targeted professional development funds. The Office of Network Support will allocate these funds as needed.

Staffing levels are not the same across the 13 geographic networks. Networks with higher poverty levels and/or higher concentrations of low-performing schools have more personnel. Table 14 shows the FY17 budgets for each network:

 

Table 14: FY17 Network Budgets


Network

Personnel

Non-Personnel

FY17 Budget

1

$1,008,639

$55,000

$1,063,639

2

1,039,674

55,000

1,094,674

3

1,191,645

55,000

1,246,645

4

939,580

55,000

994,580

5

1,080,035

55,000

1,135,035

6

1,077,859

55,000

1,132,859

7

1,086,303

55,000

1,141,303

8

1,095,772

55,000

1,150,772

9

1,202,534

55,000

1,257,534

10

692,046

55,000

747,046

11

1,525,275

55,000

1,580,275

12

930,110

55,000

985,110

13

1,302,798

55,000

1,357,798

Contingency

0

150,000

150,000

Total

$14,172,269

$865,000

$15,037,269

Overall, network budgets have been reduced significantly in FY17. Networks received $0.5 million less in personnel funds (due to position vacancies) and $1.1 million less for non-personnel expenses. Non-personnel costs are funded through general education and Title II funds, while positions are funded through general education, Title I and Title II funds.

 

Table 15:  Total Budgets for 13 Networks


Network Budgets (in millions)

FY15

FY16

FY17

Regular positions

$17.0

$14.7

$14.2

Hourly/overtime salary and non-personnel

$3.6

$2.0

$0.7

Held in contingency

$0.0

$0.0

$0.1

Total

$20.6

$16.7

$15.0

 

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