Category Archives: Schiller Park School District 81
Why Schools Resist Consolidating —-There are financial and educational benefits to merging small school districts, yet it’s almost always a hard sell.
No great surprise here: A recent audit in New Jersey recommended that the state move forward with school district consolidation efforts. While New Jersey has already merged several school districts, it still has some 545 of them, more than many … Continue reading
From 1930 through 1970, a gradual consolidation process eliminated 9 of every 10 school districts nationally. The number of districts in the U.S. fell dramatically, to fewer than 20,000 from over 120,000. Illinois followed similar trends. In 1942, Illinois had … Continue reading
School funding in Illinois is the subject of considerable debate as Illinois weighs the fairness of its funding formula and tries to narrow the budget chasm. Education in Illinois needs a major overhaul, not just a tweak. That’s why, as … Continue reading
Pantograph Editorial: Illinois needs to push harder for school consolidationMay 1, 2016 One of the maddening aspects of the state’s ongoing financial crisis is that some obvious long-term solutions are rarely considered. As we’ve stated before, one solution to the … Continue reading