Regional offices of education are taking the first steps toward determining their futures now that legislation has passed to streamline them. Bob Daiber, Madison County Regional Superintendent and President of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents, says a commission is ready to go to work as soon as the governor signs legislation bringing the number of offices from 44 to 35.
Daiber (pictured) says regions with the smallest population will be targeted.
The governor zeroed funding for the regional superintendents last year, because he thought the offices should be funded through local sources. He got his wish, but he'll have to decide this year whether to pay for the offices through local means or through the state's general fund.