Classrooms First http://wkms.org en Illinois Panel Says School Mergers Aren't Necessary http://wkms.org/post/illinois-panel-says-school-mergers-arent-necessary <p>An Illinois state commission studying education spending says school districts can save hundreds of millions of dollars without being forced to consolidate.&nbsp; The Classrooms First Commission claims districts could save up to $1 billion simply by studying each other&#39;s budgets to find new ideas for cutting costs.&nbsp; The panel plans to review the tentative proposals today before a period of public comment.&nbsp; Governor Pat Quinn has called for merging the state&#39;s smaller districts. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:11:18 +0000 Associated Press 17661 at http://wkms.org Illinois Panel Says School Mergers Aren't Necessary