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School Consolidation Movement Could Be Slowed Down

Posted by wlpo on March 9, 2011

An amendment to a school consolidation bill calls for an 18 person commission to make recommendations to the governor and legislature about consolidation.  The amended bill passed out of a legislative committee Wednesday morning

The commission would include teachers and school administrators.  Governor Quinn had proposed consolidating 568 school districts without any public input.

Area Regional Office of Education Superintendent Rich Myers admits consolidation is needed but shouldn’t be forced through.  He says teachers and administrators need to be at the table when school consolidation is discussed.

Myers says the governor’s proposal is a double edge sword.  The state is cutting school transportation budgets by 45 percent yet transportation costs will go up if they’re consolidated into another district.

The amended bill would also slow down the process so consolidation couldn’t happen until 2013.

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