Commission May Decide Fate of Regional Superintendents in Illinois

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Regional Superintendent Gil Morrison called the past few months draining and exhausting.

He and the 47 other regional superintendents in Illinois went more than four months without receiving a paycheck from the state after Gov. Pat Quinn cut the Regional Office of Education out of the state budget for the fiscal year.

“I just want to focus on my job, and for the last year, it has been a challenge … trying to focus on my office and my job without having to worry about whether we’re going to be paid,” Sangamon County Regional Superintendent Jeff Vose said.

Regional superintendents are focusing their attention on a commission that holds the fate of their role in Illinois’ education system. The Streamlining Illinois’ Regional Offices of Education Commission is expected to play a major part in deciding whether Illinois continues to have regional superintendents. It is scheduled to meet Wednesday after Quinn’s annual budget address.

When Quinn received the budget for Fiscal Year 2012, which continues through June 30, he used his line-item veto to cut $376 million, including $11.3 million for regional superintendents.

The state’s regional superintendents and their assistants spent four months in limbo until November, when state officials shifted the ROE’s funding stream from state funds to corporate personal property replacement taxes – a revenue stream previously dedicated to school districts and other local taxing bodies.

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