ERIC Number: ED363490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
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School District Reorganization in Illinois: Improving Educational Opportunities for Students.
Hall, Robert F.; Arnold, Robert L.
This paper examines recent school district consolidation in Illinois. A literature review summarizes: (1) evidence that led the state of Illinois to offer financial incentives for school and school district consolidation; (2) research on strengths and weaknesses of large and small schools and large and small school districts; and (3) attitudes toward consolidation expressed by state departments of education in Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, and Michigan. In Illinois, state financial incentives are pushing small rural districts to reorganize. Extensive on-site interviews were conducted with administrators, board members, teachers, and patrons in nine school districts that have reorganized since 1983. Case studies of five of these districts are presented in detail. Preliminary results suggest that the advantages of reorganization/consolidation greatly outweigh the disadvantages. Reorganized districts have provided students with a broader curriculum; teachers with increased salaries, benefits, and opportunities to focus on fields of interest; and taxpayers with a more efficient school system. Some students have experienced a modest increase in travel time. Nevertheless, reorganization alone is not the solution to current school finance problems. When reorganized districts have spent their incentive funds, they will find themselves in the same financial difficulties as other Illinois districts. The state must provide the organization and fiscal capacity to support educational opportunities for every child in Illinois. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois