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  1. Lt. Governor

Classrooms First Commission Process Overview 

The commission’s work will be open, transparent, and divided into three stages: Research, review and recommendations  

Research Stage (September - December 2011)
  • Define the problem
  • Gather facts, experiences, and potential resources from commission members
  • Gather/review available data/research
  • Review current legislation and Illinois reorganization history
  • Hear from invited experts
  • Develop a website of data, research, and resources
  • Gather information from districts and communities statewide (e.g., public testimony, public comment on website)

During this stage, most work will take place at the commission-wide level for presentations and review of existing research and data. Commission members will be also asked to independently review website resources to create a common level of background understanding.   

Review, Discussion, and Scenario Stage (January - March 2012)
  • Break into work groups focused on the following issues: shared services, within-district efficiency, and realignment
  • Use information from the fact-finding stage to develop draft recommendations regarding potential shared service strategies, administrative cost-cutting, and realignment and consolidation, including cost/benefit analyses
  • Deliberate upon the pros and cons of various recommendations and refine accordingly
  • Seek consensus on draft recommendations

Recommendation Stage (April - June 2012)

  • Use information from the previous stages to create a rationale for the recommendations
  • Draft practical and feasible recommendations with cost analyses
  • Gather feedback on draft recommendations from constituents/stakeholders (web postings, statewide hearings, organizational channels)
  • Refine recommendations
  • Identify timelines, necessary resources, and responsible entities

Develop and submit final report to Governor and General Assembly by July 1, 2012