Quinn defends call for merging school districts

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The Associated Press; video by KMOV

Posted on March 2, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 3 at 1:19 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn is defending his proposal to merge school districts, saying Illinois needs less administration and more education.

The Chicago Democrat claims the state could save $100 million by cutting the 868 Illinois districts to about 300. He says he would use the savings to improve education.

Quinn said Wednesday that at least 270 superintendents make more than the governor. "I'm not sure we need so many of them," he says.

Illinois has the third-most school districts in the nation behind Texas and California. State officials say 200 districts contain just one school.

Quinn also stood by his proposal to cut state support for school transportation expenses. That would save $95 million.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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