Report: Carterville Community Unified School District 5 receives $736.28 per student from feds.
Carterville Community Unified School District 5 received $736.28 per student from the federal government in 2015, or approximately $2,431,932.84, according to data published by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
The $2,431,932.84 equals approximately 4 percent of District 5's total budget. The state average for federal funding of public school districts is 8 percent, according to ISBE.
The Obama administration is threatening to pull federal funding of local schools that refuse to follow Washington directives. Most recently, it ordered all public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.
Chicago Public Schools gets 16 percent of its funding from the federal government, or twice the state average. Chicago property taxpayers pay for only 49 percent of their school bill; District 5 pays for 81.1 percent.
District 5 spent a total of $18,407 per student in 2015.
Among Southeast Illinois school districts, Sesser-Valier CUSD 196 ($957.37 per pupil) and Cairo USD 1 ($2,168.07 per pupil) receive more money from the federal government than District 5.
Crab Orchard CUSD 3 ($376.21 per pupil) and Thompsonville CUSD 174 ($339.94 per pupil) receive less.
Carterville Community Unified School District 5 spends the most money on public schools in Southeast Illinois, at $18,407 per pupil.