Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Superintendent William J. Mathis to Speak at Union Institute & University

MONTPELIER, VT - William J. Mathis, superintendent of schools for the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union in Brandon, VT, will deliver the keynote address for the Vermont M.Ed. Program’s summer residency from 6:45-8 p.m., June 28, in the Noble Hall Reading Room located at UI&U’s Vermont Academic Center in Montpelier.

In his keynote address, Mathis will compare the United States with other nations in the ways we treat children and value education. The current status of education in the United States will also be examined in light of the vital social and economic necessity of equality of education if we are to have a democratic society. Mathis will also explore existing educational inequities in the nation. According to Mathis, the current injustices are seen as a natural outgrowth of the ascent and dominance of the prevailing neo-liberal, corporate model of government. Educators and educational leaders are seen as vital leaders if we are to have a just society.

In addition to serving as a superintendent, Mathis teaches education finance and law at the University of Vermont. He has published extensively on the cost of providing an adequate education, the federal No Child Left Behind law and on numerous policy issues. He is a former state superintendent of the year and national superintendent of the year finalist.

His school district was the lead plaintiff in Vermont’s state funding case which resulted in fundamental statewide reform. Mathis also is a plaintiff in the current case asking for the federal government to properly fund the federal law. In consultant work, he frequently works with groups across the nation in examining their funding systems and their fundamental purposes of education.

The keynote is free and open to the public. For more information contact Shelley Matz at 802-828-8810 or email

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