Chicago public school spending up 97% since 2012; grades down 60-80%.

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Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has indeed seen a significant increase in spending since 2012. The FY2023 proposed budget for CPS totals $9.4 billion, with $8.0 billion allocated for the operating budget, covering day-to-day expenses. This budget includes investments in core instructional priorities, staffing levels at an all-time high, and funding from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) for academic recovery and student servicesHowever, it’s essential to note that while spending has increased, student proficiency in reading has declined by 63% and by 78% in math for grades 3-8 during the same period.

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