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Montana School Law Conference Scheduled Next Week


November 10, 2021

In the aftermath of a global pandemic and heightened race relations across the country, this year’s Montana School Law Conference will provide a balanced look at the landscape of school and education. Sponsored by the Montana Office of Public Instruction, the conference will be held virtually on November 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Dr. Yong Zhao and Dr. Wilfred Reilly will provide keynote addresses.

With a theme of “Your Rights and Responsibilities,” the Law Conference is open to parents, school administrators, trustees, curriculum specialists, teachers, legislators, and all other interested individuals.

“Solutions are demanded during these challenging times,” said State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen. “Our students deserve an honest discussion around current issues that have legal implications. This conference offers an opportunity to strengthen our public education system for the betterment of our Montana children,” Arntzen added.

Event organizers claim that no topic will be off limits during the conference. Some of the topics slated for discussion include

• Federal and Montana Legislative Updates

• Handling politically and emotionally charged board meetings

• Title IX

• Avoiding the Learning Loss Trap

• Preserving Parent Rights

• Critical Race Theory and Equity and Inclusion

The conference will feature two keynote speakers, Dr. Yong Zhao and Dr. Wilfred Reilly. Author of Learners without Borders, Dr. Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas and a professor in Educational Leadership at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in Australia. Recognized as one of the most influential education scholars, his works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education.

An Associate Professor of Political Science at Kentucky State University, Dr. Reilly is the author of the books Taboo: Ten Facts You Can't Talk About, Hate Crime Hoax, and The $50,000,000 Question. His research interests include international relations and the prevention of war, contemporary American race relations, and the use of modern quantitative methods to test theories such as white privilege.

Information regarding costs, registration, and a detailed agenda for the Montana School Law Conference can be found on the Office of Public Instruction’s website (

For answers to any questions, interested individuals are encouraged to contact Jake Griffith at (406) 444-4399 or


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