Governor Pat Quinn has signed a measure that will reduce the number of Regional Offices of Education in Illinois. The offices, which oversee teacher and bus driver certification and truancy and G-E-D programs, will be reduced from 44 to 35. Smaller offices will be absorbed by larger ones. Robert Daiber heads the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools. He says he understands the state's need to cut expenditures, but adds the mergers will result in lay-offs:
"Naturally there is some anxieties in the regions in which those regional superintendents in those counties are going to be affected."
Dieber says it will result in the loss of about 200 jobs. That won't take place until after the 2014 elections, when the current superintendents' terms expire.
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