Member's Press Release

Release Date: 07/29/2014
Contact: Senate Majority Leader John Unger at 304-389-1866

Senator Unger

West Virginia State Lawmaker Elected Committee Chair During SLC Meeting

(Little Rock, Arkansas) — West Virginia State Senate Majority Leader John Unger II (D-Berkeley) was re-elected chair of the Education Committee of The Council of State Governments’ Southern office, the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC).

Senator Unger was first elected to serve as chair of the regional education committee last year during the organization’s annual meeting in Mobile, Alabama. The Education Committee is one of six SLC standing committees. As part of its mission to foster and encourage cooperation among its 15 member states, the SLC met in Little Rock, Arkansas, for its 68thAnnual Meeting, bringing together nearly 900 delegates, legislative staff, and guests from across the South. In addition to Senator Unger, Senator Dolores Gresham of Tennessee was elected vice chair of this prestigious SLC Committee.

As chair of the SLC Education Committee, Senator Unger identifies pressing issues for discussion at the conference and establishes research priorities for the committee during the conference year. During the SLC meeting in Little Rock, the SLC Education Committee met twice for programs on three topics. Among the topics and speakers featured at this year’s committee sessions were:

Creating Creative Designs in Education, with Gregory D. Bernas, Chief Engineer, Product Development Office, Toyota Technical Center, Michigan, and Mark Schneider, President, College Measures; Vice President, American Institutes for Research, Washington, D.C.;

Application of Neuroscience on Education Policy, with Mariale Hardiman, Ed.D., Director, Neuro-Education Initiative, The Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, and Ronald E. Kalil, Ph.D., Director, Neuroscience and Public Policy Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and

Early Education Policy, with W. Steven Barnett, Ph.D., Board of Governors Professor, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and Bruce Atchison, Executive Director of Policy and Operations, Education Commission of the States, Colorado.

In the months ahead, Senator Unger’s leadership of the committee will include setting research priorities for education for the nonprofit research organization for the year and crafting an agenda for the organization’s 69th Annual Meeting, to be held in Savannah, Georgia.

The Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) of The Council of State Governments was established in 1947 and is composed of the presiding officers and key legislators from 15 southern states. The SLC is a non-partisan, non-profit organization located in Atlanta, Georgia.

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