State Board Of Education Considers Consolidation

The Illinois State Board of Education is preparing to decide how to consolidate dozens of regional offices.

The panel is set to meet in Chicago on Friday morning to approve a new map of regional education offices. A new state law requires the board to cut the number of regions outside Cook County from 44 to 35.

Counties were first tasked with coming up with a consolidation plan, but could only agree on a proposal that'd cut the number of regional offices to 37.

The offices are led by an elected superintendent, who will be on the ballot next year.

Matt Vanover is a spokesman for the Illinois State Board of Education. He tells The (Springfield) State Journal Register that the panel will listen to objections on Friday.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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