Build Your Own CPS Budget  

Interactive tool gives insight into budget and decision-making process

July 11, 2012

CPS launched an interactive online tool that allows the public to get hands-on in building their own budget for Fiscal Year 2013 (FY 13). Last Friday CPS unveiled a $5.162 billion proposed budget that protects investments that support student learning even as the District faces a $665 million deficit. The new budget tool is one part of an effort to make the budget process more transparent and interactive than ever before. The online tool is accessible at


“We have proposed difficult choices in this year’s budget to avoid putting our children’s future at risk,” said CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. “This new tool was designed to allow the public to directly interact with the budget and understand the choices that need to be made in order to fund priorities that matter most to them.”


This new online feature breaks down the FY 13 budget into spending categories and presents them on a sliding scale so that the public can increase or decrease funding by program area. Some of the categories include:


  • Class Size
  • School-Based Discretionary Funding
  • Facilities
  • Charter Schools
  • Food Services
  • Central Office
  • Transportation


The budget outreach process this year is more open and transparent than ever before.  CPS will also schedule a citywide tele-town hall next week.


Also, be sure to review and leave comments on the CPS website at and, for the first time, the public can utilize interactive tools for a more transparent understanding of the proposed budget. These interactive features allow users to more easily review all spending lines in the District’s budget, including school budgets, department budgets, salaries and positions.