An additional layer of administration for these districts is inefficient.

Many of the state’s local governments could be consolidated – which would help to reduce their negative effects.

Among the key candidates for consolidation are the state’s 859 local school districts, which consume nearly two-thirds of the $27 billion in local property taxes that local governments across Illinois collect each year.

Illinois has the fifth-largest number of school districts in the nation.

Nearly 25 percent of Illinois school districts serve just one school, and over one-third of all school districts have fewer than 600 students.

To read the entire report, please visit the Texas Education Agency’s webpage at:

Illinois has the most units of local government of any state in the country.AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency today released a study regarding the impact of potential school district consolidation in the state’s five largest counties: Bexar, Dallas, Harris, Tarrant and Travis.The analysis reveals creation of such mega-districts would increase costs and would not improve student performance as a result of consolidation.The hope is that larger districts, with larger schools, can be more cost-efficient and offer more classes, resources, and opportunities for students, including extracurricular activities.Indeed, a 2013 report from the Washington-based Center for American Progress found that small schools often have “higher overhead costs” because they must provide teachers, resources, and courses regardless of the number of students.Every year for the past 10 years, Mississippi legislators have proposed school district consolidation during the state’s legislative session in an attempt to save money or increase academic performance.