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Quinn: Court made correct decision on salaries

Posted by wlpo on August 26, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn expects the state’s regional school superintendents to keep working without pay until at least October.

He said Friday he expects lawmakers to resolve the dispute over cancelled salaries for the 44 superintendents and their assistants when they return to work in Springfield in October. They have been working without pay since July 1 after Quinn cancelled their salaries.

The Democrat says important policy questions are at stake. He says the education bureaucrats should be paid with local money, not state dollars that are better spent in the classrooms to teach students.

The superintendents sued, but a central Illinois judge refused to intervene earlier Friday, ruling Quinn had “broad” power.  Quinn says the judge made the right ruling.

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