I like what I have read about Gov. Pat Quinn’s school district consolidation proposal.
According to a recent article in Illinois Issues magazine, he is concentrating on Illinois’ 200 single-school districts. I certainly had not realized there were 200 that are so small.
He is talking of redrawing boundaries for only 300 of our ungainly, expensive total of 868 school districts. It would seem from this that the governor hopes to merge those 200 single-school districts with other small districts and/or each other.
He also plans to listen to parents, community and school officials, and study the issue carefully before making a specific proposal. In fact, he is doing that right now.
The outcomes should be very good. It was also heartening to read the May 15 Pantagraph article on our own three local school consolidations — especially the upbeat comments on the advantages for students and the practical advice from superintendents and parents/board members.
Now, if it were only possible for schools to get together and reach an agreement to tone down the dollar bidding for good school superintendents and college presidents — and have salary schedules and pension plans that reflect the obvious state and national crises — the cost of education might begin to be affordable.
I say more power to Gov. Quinn. Our schools will be nowhere if state funding collapses. And it could. Combining these one-school districts should strengthen education and help diminish that threat.
Barbara Stuart, Normal