ISBE looking to consolidate regional offices - – Rockford’s News Leader

UPDATE: ISBE decides on 35 regional offices

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


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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