Over 60 percent of the districts in Illinois contain just 14 percent of the state’s overall students. Put another way, the 511 school districts in question serve an average of 526 students. On the other hand, more than three-fourths of Illinois’ 872 superintendents earn six-figure salaries, and 320 of Illinois school district administrators, mostly district superintendents, are awarded annual incomes of $200,000 or more.

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4 years ago

A recent Illinois Policy Institute report recommended consolidating school districts, not schools or collective bargaining agreements, and not offering state financial incentives for consolidating.

Those recommendations address some of the reasons some past consolidations have resulted in hiked not reduced costs.