According to the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois has 852 separate school districts. 34% of those school districts serve 600 students or less. This is part of the reason why our state is in such financial pain. More school districts means more administrative salaries and pension costs. Florida, on the other hand, has only 76 school districts and Pennsylvania, has 499. That leaves Illinois tax payers on the hook for 353 more administrative salaries and pension costs than comparable states. (We are not talking about consolidating schools or teachers, ONLY consolidating the number of school districts and duplicate administration staff)
This is just one example of where costs can be cut to save money for our State and ultimately lower the tax burden on our hard-working constituents and their families.