For those who would like to pursue District 155’s need for a significant increase in taxes, below is found information from the Illinois State Board of Education’s School Report Card:
Comments from Steve Willson left under another post that seem relevant here:
1) D155 hired a consultant? The best estimate of the number of high school seniors in ten years is the number of 3rd graders in the district today, and that number is known. Hiring a consultant was pure waste.
2) According to the Illinois Report Card, D155’s average teacher salary in FY2016 was over $87,000. The average teacher salary at Richmond-Burton CHSD 157 was $55,600, at Marengo CHSD 154, $68,000, and at McHenry CHSD 156, $70,000.
3) At the risk of blaspheming, D155 does NOT do a good job educating our students. If they did a good job, the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards would be higher than average. Sadly, that percentage is lower than average.
According to the Illinois Report Card, only 23.4% of D155’s students meet or exceed standards and are ready for the next grade. The state average — and that includes Chicago — is 34%.
Worse, such statistics are most closely correlated with income in the community, a useful proxy for which is the percentage of students who are low income: 15.7% in D155 versus 22% for the state.
So D155 has fewer low income students but worse than average test scores and far higher than average teacher salaries.