New law abolishes suburban education office

May 17, 2010 4:39:06 AM PDT
Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Sunday to abolish the scandal-plagued suburban Cook County Regional Office of Education.The new law transfers duties such as processing teacher certifications, training school bus drivers and performing background checks on employees to other agencies.

In January, Regional Superintendent Charles Flowers was indicted on 16 counts of official misconduct and theft for allegedly skimming $400,000 from the office.

"We want to make sure the money that we spend in Illinois for education goes to schools and learning, and not to bureaucracy and corruption," Quinn said. "This action will eliminate an unneeded bureaucracy that was going in the absolutely wrong direction for education, and I think it's an important day for everyone in Illinois."

Flowers entered a plea of not guilty to the charges. He resigned May 7 as regional superintendent.


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