Mayfield, Rep. Rita

​Rep. Rita Mayfield discusses her 2019 school reorganization bill (HB 3050), which calls for the creation of a School Efficiency Commission which would make recommendations regarding the number of school districts that are needed in Illinois. Following a review, the commission would recommend which districts should reorganize, which would then lead to a school reorganization ballot question for residents in those school districts. The Commission would recommend what unit districts would be formed as well as suggested tax levy rates. The legislation seeks to avoid duplication, reduce administrative costs, improve student educational opportunities, lower the property tax burden, and provide a net cost savings to the state. Rep. Mayfield outlines the recommended steps to achieve these goals and also discusses the new Evidence Based School Funding model being used in Illinois.