Brady thinks state can do better without BOE

Published 02/10 2014 12:04PM

Updated 02/10 2014 12:10PM

SPRINGFIELD -- The State Board of Education (ISBE) is in charge of setting the rules for schools statewide, but one candidate for governor wants to get rid of the board. WCIA-3's Ashley Michels explains.

Jeff Vose is the regional superintendent for a good chunk of Central Illinois. He's in charge of everything from teacher certification to school transportation needs.

"We are considered the liaison, the regional offices are considered the liaison between the State Board of Education and the school districts."

But, Republican candidate Bill Brady wants to streamline the process by doing away with the ISBE and passing its duties onto Vose and the 43 other regional superintendents across the state. The idea has Vose concerned.

"We are extremely busy as it is right now. I have over 50 employees in all the different grants and duties we perform currently. I'm not sure how we'd manage that without additional staff."

But, Brady says schools and their students would be better served by decisions coming from the local level, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach for the whole state. Vose says he hears the same thing from a lot of parents.

"There are school boards that are elected and they feel that they elect these people to perform those roles for them and make decisions for their students, their children and their districts, so some of those I think, the constituents would probably prefer that."

Still, he says, school board or not, there does need to be some sort of oversight so schools in all parts of the state stay equal.

"You have to have some governmental statewide body that oversees the operations of the school districts."

Senator Brady says the idea would save the state about $23 million, but critics say it would be too difficult to get rid of the ISBE, since it goes against federal education guidelines.

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