Lt. Governor Simon to host Classrooms First Commission hearing in Quad Cities

Will tour new Western Illinois University riverfront campus


Moline, IL – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon’s Classrooms First Commission will hold a public hearing Wednesday afternoon at Black Hawk College. The hearing will give parents, educators and taxpayers in the Quad Cities the opportunity to provide suggestions on making school districts more efficient and effective. Later Simon will tour the site of a new riverfront campus at Western Illinois University (WIU).

The events will be held Wednesday, November 2:

EVENT: Classrooms First Commission public hearing

TIME: 11:30 a.m.

PLACE: Building 4, Conference Rooms 1 & 2, Black Hawk College, 6600 34th Avenue, Moline


EVENT: Tour of Western Illinois University riverfront campus

TIME: 2 p.m.

PLACE: 1506 Riverfront Drive, Moline

Among those scheduled to testify at the public hearing is Dr. Norm Durflinger, Director of the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University. Durflinger will discuss the aspects of school district consolidation and the state’s existing incentives for consolidation.

Members of the public will also have the opportunity to provide oral and/or written testimony. Time will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Simon, who is the Governor’s point person on education reform, will also tour the site of WIU’s new riverfront campus, which will be located along the Mississippi River. The new location will host an initial enrollment of 3,000 students and will support the College of Business and Technology and other technology-oriented programs focused on business, health care and environmental science.

Those who are unable to attend the public hearing can watch streaming live video of the hearing at Individuals can also submit their ideas on how to improve school district efficiency and student learning opportunities using an online survey at the same web address.

This is the third of four public hearings to be held this fall by the Classrooms First Commission, a statewide group tasked with finding ways to improve learning and efficiency at the almost 870 school districts in Illinois. The Commission will report back to the Governor and General Assembly in the summer.