Gov. Signs Law Expanding School Consolidation Options

Gov. Rod Blagojevich Monday signed into law a measure that makes it easier for districts to consolidate.

It allows two or more elementary school districts within the same high school district to combine, even if they aren't located next to each other.

The measure also allows several elementary districts within a high school district to merge even if one holdout refuses and lets the holdout remain on its own and join the new district later.

School administrators and lawmakers who crafted the law hope it encourages more consolidations but stress voters and local officials will make such decisions.