One Republican candidate for governor’s plan for education reform isn’t getting support from his rivals for the nomination. State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) wants to abolish the Illinois State Board of Education and allow more control of schools at the local level. “Using regional offices of education to deliver services will eliminate red tape and bureaucracies and give parents and school districts the opportunity to make choices about what fits the needs of their children best,” Brady said.
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Brady claims by eliminating funding for the board and the office of the state superintendent of schools, the state would save about $23 million. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford isn’t sure that’s a more efficient system, so he’s not in favor of Brady’s proposal. “I’m not prepared to do that at this time,” Rutherford. “I would look at a whole analysis: what would happen if the state board wasn’t there?” State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) supports downsizing the board, but says it can’t be abolished due to federal education requirements.