Panel suggests new school merger incentives
SPRINGFIELD – An advisory panel studying Illinois school consolidation wants to abolish costly merger incentives and give districts that want to combine more flexibility.
The Classrooms First Commission's report was provided to The Associated Press before it approved it 12-0 Thursday. It now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn.
The panel headed by Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon found that consolidation incentives under current law would mean even limited consolidation would cost $3 billion.
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