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By LGIS Newsfeed | May 16, 2019

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More than 130 Illinois public school administrators who signed witness slips in opposition to a bipartisan bill that aims to consolidate Illinois school districts make six-figure salaries, according to an analysis compiled this week.

Fourteen employees of school districts in North Suburbs were among those who have signed witness slips against House Bill 3053, which would attempt to direct more funds into the classroom. 

School district administrators around the state who have expressed opposition to the bill number more than 400, according to the Illinois Policy Institute.

The bill, authored by Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan), is now being reviewed in the state Senate. It passed the Illinois House of Representatives unanimously in March.

HB 3053, the Classrooms First Act, requires the formation of a panel that would review which of Illinois’ 852 school districts should be consolidated to improve efficiency in the public education system. The overall goal would be to reduce the number of districts in the state by one-quarter.

As of last year, the average Illinois school district served 2,400 students, the sixth-lowest level among states with student populations of more than 1 million, according to the institute.

The panel, dubbed the School District Efficiency Commission, would not force districts to merge, but its recommendations would be put before local residents for an up-or-down vote.

Spending on district-level education bureaucracies in Illinois is nearly double the national average, according to the institute, suggesting that a consolidation plan could result in more efficient spending of taxpayer dollars.

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Local School District Employees Opposed to HB 3053

NameFirm, Business or AgencyRepresentingTestimonySalary
John Kosirog Niles ESD 71Niles ESD 71Record Of Appearance Only$199,355
Adam Parisi Mount Prospect SD 57Mount Prospect SD 57Written Statement Filed$138,087
Anthony Bradburn SD12Roselle Middle School and Roselle School District 12Written Statement Filed$175,083
Joel Simburger Roselle Middle SchoolmyselfWritten Statement Filed$74,046
Terri Schoen Roselle School District 12Roselle Education AssociationOral$94,150
Donald Angelaccio Prospect Heights School District 23Prospect Heights SD# 23Record Of Appearance Only$218,661
Scott Thompson Palatine CCSD 15CCSD 15Written Statement Filed$293,195
Brad Voehringer Morton Grove School District 70Morton Grove School District 70Written Statement Filed$208,660
Cindy Whittaker Fairview 72Fairview District 72Record Of Appearance Only$218,034
Omar Castillo Keeneyville SD20Keeneyville ESD20Written Statement Filed$230,572
Catherine Wang Glencoe District 35Glencoe District 35Record Of Appearance Only$267,967
Kevin Jauch Avoca School District 37Avoca School District 37, Cook CountyRecord Of Appearance Only$238,644
Margaret Clauson School District 69 Skokie-Morton GroveNot ApplicableRecord Of Appearance Only$229,161
Nancy Wagner River Trails School District 26River Trails School District 26Written Statement Filed$283,609
Source: Illinois General Assembly

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