Chicago Public Schools, Illinois

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Chicago Public Schools is a school district in Illinois.


The table below displays the budget for Chicago Public Schools:[1][2][3]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2011-2012 $3,583,600,000 70.1% $611,200,000 12% $772,500,000 15.1% $0 0% $141,000,000 2.8% $5,110,200,000
2012-2013 $3,554,800,000 61.2% $1,062,500,000 18.3% $601,000,000 10.4% $393,600,000 6.8% $192,300,000 3.3% $5,804,200,000
2013-2014 $4,037,218,005 72.2% $668,865,284 12% $857,403,119 15.3% $0 0% $28,787,568 0.5% $5,592,273,976
Averages: $3,725,206,001.67 68% $780,855,094.67 14% $743,634,373 14% $131,200,000 2% $120,695,856 2% $5,502,224,658.67


Federal investigation of CEO

In April 2015, it was revealed that Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of Chicago Public Schools, was the focus of a federal grand jury investigation, along with a $20.5 million no-bid contract the district entered into in 2013.[4]

The grand jury began its investigation in 2014, but the CPS inspector general's office has been investigating Byrd-Bennett since 2013. At issue is her relationship with a former employer, a leadership program for K-12 administrators called SUPES Academy, and a contract the district made with the academy in June 2013. The contract involved $20.5 million for "leadership development services" to train the district's chiefs, deputy chiefs, principals and assistant principals from June 2013 to June 2016. SUPES Academy was hired on a "non-competitive basis." The contract was reviewed and approved by an internal committee, the district's chief procurement officer and the board of education before it was signed on June 26, 2013.[4]

The 2013 contract was not the district's first contract with SUPES Academy. The parties had entered into a one-year agreement in 2012 but agreed to dissolve the former contract when the 2013 one was approved. The district has paid the academy approximately $15 million since 2012.[4]

As of April 16, 2015, Byrd-Bennett, who had not been accused of any wrongdoing, still retained her job, though district officials said they had discussed appointing an interim CEO during the investigation. Both SUPES Academy and CPS said they would fully cooperate with the investigators.[4]

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who appointed Byrd-Bennett in October 2012, said he could not answer when asked if he had confidence in the CEO.[4]

"I don't even know who they are looking at. It's a CPS matter," said Emanuel.[5]