Illinois regional offices of education

What Consolidation Means for Sub/Urban School Districts

Jun 13, 2016

Illinois has more than 8500 individual government entities – including a large number of community school districts, ranging from stand-alone elementary schools that feed into stand-alone high schools, or a completely centralized urban network of institutions.  This week, Chase Cavanaugh explores how the processes that play out in rural communities doesn’t necessarily apply in the cities.

Illinois' regional offices of education are moving forward with consolidation efforts.  Some superintendents are continuing with their merger preparations now that the state has approved downsizing plans.

Efforts continue to reduce the number of regional school superintendents in Illinois.  A 2012 law asked local officials in certain areas to approve consolidation plans that fit their needs. But a key deadline was missed in the process.