Regional Education Office Consolidation Not Easy

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois state education officials say they're still working out the details of coming mergers of Regional Offices of Education around the state.

The State Board of Education approved a new map last fall cutting the number of regional offices from their current 44 to 35. The offices have a June 30, 2015 deadline to consolidate.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports regional superintendents have met a handful of times since then to discuss how to proceed and set up a basic timeline. But the transition is going more smoothly in some areas than others.

Regional offices of education oversee a number of districts in various regions. They handle school building inspections, bus driver training and professional development for teachers, among other things.

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