This week's StatShot shows how much each of the five elementary districts that send their students to spent per student on teaching during the 2008-09 school year.
Bear in mind, this is just the money spent on "the direct costs of teaching pupils or the interactions between teachers and pupils." The full per-pupil cost of running a school district is a different number, one that is not shown here.
This information is from each district's 2010 Illinois District Report Card, the most recent report available for all five districts:
$4,338 Manhattan 114
$4,650 State Average $6,483
As the 2011 Illinois District Report Cards start trickling in, these number are changing.
In a draft version of Mokena 159's 2011 report card, for example, the instructional expenditure shot up more than $600 per student between the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years.
We'll publish the more recent numbers when all the 2011 report cards are in and compare these numbers to the new ones.