Public schools in Illinois spent an estimated $35.7 billion during the 2018-19 academic year, a 2.7 percent increase in expenditures over the previous year, according to a National Education Association report.
The number of youths in foster care in Illinois at the end of fiscal year 2018 stood at 16,840, a 5.7 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Illinois is among the jurisdictions where sales tax collections are required for out-of-state purchases in the wake of the South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court decision last year, according to an analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
Public schools in Illinois spent $16,825 per student based on average daily attendance (ADA) figures, the 12th highest expenditure level among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a National Education Association report.
Illinois residents living below the poverty line in 2017-18 made up 10.9 percent of the state’s population, the 31st highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to new Census Bureau data.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago and Illinois State University reported receiving the most state financial aid during the 2018-19 academic year among Illinois schools.