ISBE prepares to consider regional consolidation

CHICAGO — 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.