With the state facing a possible $10 billion budget deficit, many have suggested cuts to reduce spending. But Quinn has said the state has underfunded education for several years, and he has made improving Illinois education a priority. Quinn's proposals could allow the state to better satisfy some education programs, although they might not reduce overall spending.Ha. Ha. Ha. You know it's a scheme to redistribute wealth and political power, while keeping the teachers union inmates running the asylum, looting the state for their health benefits and pension. You think you don't have control over your child's education, now...
Got this email:
Governor Pat Quinn is proposing to reduce the number of school districts in Illinois from the current 865 to 300. The governor’s plan would require school district to have a total population of 30,000 to 35,000. A commission appointed by the Governor would establish the new school districts without input from local school districts or from the legislature. If the Governor’s proposal is adopted it will mark the end of local tax payer's control of their schools. [snip]
ALERT... Illinois House Bill 1886- Being fast tracked in Springfield, IL
This bill would void all powers of elected IL school boards (EXCEPT CHICAGO). Taxpayers would not have any direct representation of their school districts as they will be lumped into "County School Boards"
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the School Code. Provides that within 60 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act, on a date set by the State Board of Education, a special election must be held in each county to elect members to a county school board. Provides that on July 1, 2012, (i) all school districts in this State in existence on June 30, 2012 (other than the Chicago school district) are dissolved; (ii) their school boards are abolished; (iii) the terms of all board members end; and (iv) all of the powers, duties, assets, liabilities, employees, contracts, property, records, pending business, and unexpended funds of each school board are transferred to the appropriate county school board or boards. Provides that on July 1, 2012, each county shall constitute one school district to be governed by a county school board, unless the county school board has divided the county into 2 or more school districts, in which case each of those school districts shall be governed by a school board elected as provided under the Code, and the county school board shall be dissolved upon those school board members taking office. Effective immediately.
Here is the bill:
legislation/BillStatus.asp? DocNum=1886&GAID=11&DocTypeID= HB&LegId=59079&SessionID=84
Hearing in the House today:
Counties & Townships Committee Hearing Mar 3 2011 8:30AM Capitol Building Room 122B Springfield, IL