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UPDATE: ISBE decides on 35 regional offices

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UPDATE:
The map of regional education offices has been redrawn, cutting the number of offices from 44 to 35 to comply with new state legislation.

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PREVIOUSLY:
The Illinois State Board of Education is meeting Friday to decide how to consolidate its regional offices.

Under a new state law, the board must cut its regions outside of Cook County from 44 to 35. At first, counties were asked to find a consolidation plan, but the only agreement was for a proposal that cut the offices to 37.

The board is scheduled to meet in Chicago Friday to approve a new map of regional offices, which will be led by an elected superintendent. That superintendent will be on the ballot next year.

A spokesman for the ISBE said the panel will hear objections during their Friday meeting as well.

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