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State officials say deadline for ideas to improve schools is next month 

 
Associated Press
November 24, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says those who want to offer ideas on improving public education face a Dec. 2 deadline.

That's when Simon's "Classrooms First" commission will end its online survey for anyone with ideas for cutting costs or improving efficiency.

The Democrat said in a statement Wednesday that more than 330 comments have come in so far from 72 counties. That's in addition to 379 people who attended four public hearings where 79 people testified.

Simon says this is taxpayers' "chance to tell policymakers how to best spend our limited education dollars."

Suggestions so far include eliminating administrative redundancies, more cooperation between school districts and colleges and sharing more services among districts to lower costs for purchasing, transportation and more.