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Regional Superintendents back consolidation bill

Tue, 15 May 2012 16:21:29 CDT
By: IPR

The Illinois Senate has approved a plan to consolidate some of Illinois' Regional Offices of Education. The plan has the support of the state's regional superintendents. The legislation would eliminate nearly a quarter of the state's 44 regional offices of education. Offices for Peoria, Tazewell, and Marshall-Putnam-Woodford County regions fall below the population threshold for consolidation. McLean-Livingston-DeWitt's region is above the cutoff. The offices deal with truancy cases, administer G-E-D programs and handle teacher certification. The cut is bigger than the regional superintendents had hoped for, but ...

   

Jeff Vose is the regional superintendent for Sangamon County. Based in Springfield, his region is populous enough that he says it won't be merged. The elected regional school superintendents were thurst into the spotlight last year when Governor Pat Quinn eliminated their state funding. They went months without pay, until a deal was cut to use local property taxes to pay their salaries. It remains to be seen whether that arrangement will continue.

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