September 11, 2014

Conference will examine education reform efforts

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The 18th annual SIU Education Law and Labor Conference at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will offer principals, superintendents, school board members and education professionals an opportunity to meet for professional development and networking. 

The conference, “Educated in the Law:  The Impact of Reform Efforts on P-12 Education,” will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 24, in the Student Center Ballrooms. Participants will receive up-to-date information on issues including staff evaluations, negotiations and special education. A panel discussion will also look at student growth. 

State Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, is the keynote speaker. Breakout sessions will include discussions on the Performance Evaluation Reform Act and other educational and pension reform issues. 

The cost to participate is $90 for professionals or $60 for SIU faculty and full-time students.  To register, contact SIU’s Continuing Education and Outreach at 618/536-7751.  The complete schedule and more information are available online or at 

Sponsors include SIU’s Department of Educational Administration and Higher Education in the College of Education and Human Services, along with the Illinois Association of School Administrators, the Illinois Association of School Business Officials and the Illinois Principals Association.