Officials for the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents (IASR) say they have decided against filing an appeal on a Sangamon County judge's decision not to restore their pay, which Gov. Pat Quinn cut back in July. The superintendents have been working without pay since that time. The governor wants the local communities the superintendents work for to pick up the $11 million tab for their pay.
IASR President Bob Daiber released the following statement on the decision not to appeal:
Regional superintendents of schools have decided not to pursue an appeal of the Aug. 26 Sangamon County court decision that denied us immediate restoration of our pay. As we said at the time of the ruling, we are disappointed in the outcome and are not dissuaded in our belief that this is an unfair situation and should not continue. However, we respect the court's decision and believe it's time now to focus on the next step.
Our members are working right now to educate legislators about all the services we provide and good work we do for our school system and taxpayers. We are building the support necessary for a responsible solution that restores our state funding. Even as the personal hardships grow without receiving a paycheck, regional superintendents are resolved to both follow through on the duties we were elected to perform and show our value to legislators, who will be asked to stand with us in the upcoming fall veto session.