"The Changing Landscape of Public Education
Dr. Julie Mead, UW-Madison
Monday, January 11 2016
Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
29270 Co Hwy G
Public education and school choice options will be the focus of a special event at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland. University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Dr. Julie Mead will discuss “The Changing Landscape of Public Education in Wisconsin.”
Dr. Mead will share her research about forms of school privatization, including school vouchers, which use tax dollars to support tuition at private schools. She will discuss the tradeoffs involved in various forms of school choice, the history of Wisconsin's voucher and charter school programs and the implications of those policies on public education.
Dr. Mead is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis. She researches and writes about topics related to the legal aspects of education. Dr. Mead's research centers on legal issues related to special education and legal issues raised by various forms of school choice. Dr. Mead is also a former special education teacher and administrator. She has written or edited books including “Charter Schools and the Law: Establishing New Legal Relationships,” “Legal Aspects of Special Education and Pupil Services,” and “The Principal's Legal Handbook.”
This event is free and open to the public. Dr. Mead's talk is intended for parents, educators, students, business professionals and community members. The presentation will be from 6:30-7:30pm, with questions and discussion to follow. Several local educators will also be on hand to contribute a local perspective to this timely topic.
The event is sponsored by the Ashland Bayfield Counties chapter of the League of Women Voters. Planning for the event was shared by the Education subcommittee of the League of Women Voters, Melissa Nigh of Northland College, Ted May of WITC, and Ken Kasinski of CESA 12.
This program is funded by a grant from the Pace Woods Foundation.