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Illinois School Funding Fairness Conference

The Illinois School Funding Fairness Conference

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute is planning a one-day conference on Friday, March 10, 2017 to examine the report of the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission appointed by Gov. Bruce Rauner. The conference will present information with lawmakers who have been part of the commission’s deliberations as well as state and national experts.


*Please note that ALL attendees must register by Thursday, March 2. 

Register Online OR call Leslie Brock at Conference and Scheduling Services at 618-536-7751 to complete registration via phone.

This conference is FREE to attend and a complimentary continental breakfast and coffee will be available. 

A catered lunch and an all-day parking pass are available for $23 when you register, but is not required.  Otherwise metered parking is available adjacent to the student center and restaurants in the Student Center include:

  • Cantino Bravo (menu changes daily)
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Freshly Tossed (salad & soup)
  • Food Court (menu changes daily for breakfast)
  • Maroon Spoon (menu changes daily)
  • Sbarro
  • Subway
  • Starbucks 


Friday, March 10, 2017
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
SIU Carbondale Student Center, Carbondale, IL


This conference is of interest to administrators, educators, school board members, social workers, attorneys and members of the public wanting the latest information. To learn more, please contact Leslie Brock at Conference Services at 618-536-7751.

5.0 Professional Development Hours will be available for school administrators and teachers, sponsored by the Department of Continuing Education and Professional Development.
5.0 CEUs available for Social Workers and Licensed Counselors (LSW, LCSW, LPC, LCPC), sponsored by the Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development, SIU Medicine.


Confererence agenda:

8:00 A.M.       

8:30 A.M.
Welcoming Remarks.  Jak Tichenor, Interim Director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute & Randy Dunn, Ed.D., SIU System President & former Illinois State School Superintendent.

8:45 A.M.
Illinois K-12 Funding in Comparison to Other States.  Daniel Thatcher, J.D., Program Principal, National Conference of State Legislatures.  Thatcher tracks statewide education finance developments and Common Core State Standards implementation and legislation.

9:45 A.M.
Evidence Based Model Presentation. Ralph Martire, J.D., Executive Director, Center for Budget and Tax Accountability, who will outline his organization’s analysis of the potential benefits of the Evidence Based Model (EBM) of school funding under consideration by the Illinois Commission on School Funding Reform.  EBM is designed to identify the level of funding needed to deliver an adequate education to every student in a state.

10:45 A.M.

11:00 A.M.
Illinois Commission on School Funding Reform Panel Discussion.  An in-depth discussion by members of the bipartisan Commission tasked by Governor Bruce Rauner to make recommendations to the General Assembly to revise the state’s current school funding formula.

Illinois Education Secretary Beth Purvis, Ph.D.
State Senator Andy Manar (D)-Bunker Hill  
State Senator Jason Barickman (R)-Bloomington
Brent Clark, Ph.D., Executive Director, Illinois Association of School Administrators

12:30 P.M.

1:30 P.M.
A User’s Guide for Budget Development Utilizing the Evidence Based Model of Education Funding. Panel discussion of School Superintendents (TBA) led by Brent Clark, Ph.D., Executive Director, Illinois Association of School Administrators. The purpose of the discussion is to provide attendees with information they will need to develop their first year’s budget if the state of Illinois adopts the Evidence Based Model to fund its K-12 schools.

Panelists include:
Dr. Gary Kelly- Superintendent for Du Quoin Community Unit School District #300
Mr. Steve Murphy- Superintendent for Carbondale Community High School
Dr. Steve Webb- Superintendent for Goreville Community Unit School District #1
Mr. Derek Hutchins - Superintendent for Crab Orchard Community Orchard Unit School District 3 

3:00 P.M.