Many of these school districts are poorly drawn and inefficient.
Thirty-four percent of Illinois school districts have fewer than 600 students enrolled at schools within their districts.
And while the proposal does include a two-year freeze on property taxes, the Senate’s budget plan fails to address the reforms needed to bring the drivers of Illinois’ sky-high property taxes under control.
It includes 15 elementary schools, five middle schools and three high schools—all operated by a single district with a single superintendent and administrative hierarchy.
Hunterdon County’s population of 128,349 is roughly similar to that of the Central Bucks School District.
The 859 school districts also consume two-thirds of total property tax revenue.
The fact that Illinois has so many school districts, combined with the state’s numerous layers of other kinds of local government, is among the principal reasons why Illinoisans pay the nation’s highest property taxes.