Court sides with Quinn: no pay for ROE's
Fri, 26 Aug 2011 16:58:51 GMT —
UPDATED: September 23 at 1:06 p.m.
The Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools says it won't appeal a judge's decision to keep salary cuts in place.
You'll recall Illinois Governor Pat Quinn cut off pay to 44 regional superintendents and their assistants.
Most have still been working without pay for months.
Now the organization that represents regional superintendents is focusing on a new plan to reinstate funding.
Illinois State Senators Gary Forby (D-Benton) and John Sullivan (D-Rushville) are calling on legislators to take action and override the governor's veto to education transportation funding and the regional offices of education when they return for fall veto session. Click here to read their entire statement.
Illinois' 44 regional offices of education cover a range of responsibilities under state law.
ORIGINAL STORY: August
A circuit judge has upheld Gov. Pat Quinn's authority to eliminate salaries for regional school superintendents across Illinois.
Sangamon County Judge John Schmidt says the governor has "broad power" to control state spending.
He ruled Friday that it would be wrong to "thrust the court into the appropriations process."
Quinn vetoed about $10 million in salaries for 44 superintendents and about 40 assistants.
They've been working without pay since July 1.
Debbie Niederhauser, Regional Superintendent for the Adams-Pike office, says "Our mission is the same. We need to get paid, but we will continue to work. Our hope is the legislators will overrule this. The regional office remains open and we will keep working".
John Meixner told KHQA he is "extremely dissappointed" with the decision.
Regional superintendents perform a list of duties -- many required by the state -- including certifying teachers, doing background checks and running truancy programs.
But the Democratic governor called them unnecessary bureaucrats.
He said if local officials want to keep them, they should come up with local money to pay them.
The Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, representing regional offices of education and intermediate service centers in Illinois, today issued the following statement on the outcome of a lawsuit challenging Gov. Pat Quinn's cut of their funding in the current state budget:
"We respect the court's decision but are disappointed that the judge did not agree with us. State law clearly calls for us to be paid for the good work we continue to do, but our fight continues. Today's outcome doesn't change that we believe this situation is totally unfair and against what this state stands for. We continue to work hard for the students, parents, educators and taxpayers of Illinois. And we will find a way through discussions with state lawmakers for a long-term funding solution. Clearly, the pain continues for many superintendents and their families during this very difficult time, and hardships are growing every day. They will have to make difficult decisions as this crisis continues as we work through the inconsiderate decision to end our funding with no other plan in place to pay us for doing our jobs.
"Our association is meeting this afternoon to discuss our next steps." said Bob Daiber, president of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools and Madison County regional superintendent.