October 04, 2011

University to host education law conference

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- School administrators, board members and educators from throughout the region will be at Southern Illinois University Carbondale for the 15th Annual SIU Education Law Conference. 

The College of Education and Human Service’s educational administration and higher education department is hosting the event.  It serves as a professional development and networking opportunity for school superintendents, principals, school board members and other Southern Illinoisans.  Running from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Student Center Ballrooms, the theme of the conference is “Looking Ahead -- Managing Current Educational Reform Laws.” 

Michael Jacoby, executive director of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, will offer a keynote address, “New School Reform Laws:  The Financial and Policy Implications.”  In addition, a panel of Regional Office of Education superintendents will discuss “Life Without ROES:  Implications for School Districts.”

Participants may also attend other informational sessions during the day.  Topics include:  SB7 Implications for School Boards, How to Handle RIFs (reductions in force) and Recalls, Update on Special Education Law -- A New Look at IDEA, Performance Evaluation Reform Act, What Principals Should Know About SB7, Managing Technology:  What are Staff and Student Rights, SB7:  Collective Bargaining Challenges.  

For more information about the conference, look online at https://www.dce.siu.edu under the heading “Conference Programs.”