What do regional offices of education do? The obscure offices were thrust into the spotlight last year when the governor eliminated their funding. It was later restored. Bob Daiber, regional superintendent in Madison County and head of the Illinois Association of Regional School Superintendents, says that controversy brought an outpouring of public support.
The 44 regional offices register teacher certificates, supervise school construction and inspect buildings, distribute grants, audit books and perform other administrative tasks required by the Illinois School Code. They cost taxpayers $10.2 million, but Daiber says if these offices were eliminated and the state Board of Education had to perform these tasks, the price would be higher.