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Fall Stranahan Lecture to Feature Professor Nicole Garnett on the Transformation of K-12 Education Law and School Choice

Professor Nicole Garnett

July 17, 2017

Over the past two decades, the landscape of American elementary and secondary education has shifted dramatically due to the emergence and expansion of privately provided, but publicly funded, schooling options including both charter schools and private school choice devices like vouchers, tax credits, and educational savings accounts. 

Nicole Stelle Garnett, the John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, will discuss this changing landscape as part of The University of Toledo College of Law’s Stranahan Lecture series.  Her lecture, “The Continuing Transformation of K-12 Education Law: Beyond Vouchers and Charter Schools,” will be delivered on Thursday, September 21, 2017, in the McQuade Law Auditorium at noon.

Professor Garnett will explain how changes to K-12 education resulted from education reformers embracing a child-focused, rather than a sector-focused, reform agenda.  This reform agenda’s central goal is maximizing the number of high quality educational options for disadvantaged children across charter, private, and traditional public schools.  This transformation of K-12 education may have profound implications for education law, including opening the possibility of faith-based state-supported charter schools.

“Professor Garnett is one of the nation’s leading experts on K-12 education,” said Professor Lee J. Strang.  “We’re delighted Professor Garnett is delivering this fall’s Stranahan Lecture because she will shed light on, not just the important reforms that have already occurred in K-12 education, but also potential future changes, including here in Ohio.  Professor Garnett’s lecture is sure to spark debate and conversation.”

A well-known scholar of education and property law, Professor Garnett has published two books in these areas: Lost Classrooms, Lost Community: Catholic Schools’ Importance in Urban America (University of Chicago Press 2014), and Ordering the City: Land Use, Policing and the Restoration of Urban America (Yale University Press 2009).  She is also widely published in leading law reviews and teaches courses in property, education, local government, and land use planning law at Notre Dame.  She earned her B.A. from Stanford University and her J.D. from Yale Law School and was a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

This free, public lecture is a part of the Stranahan National Issues Forum and is sponsored by the College of Law and its chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.  Food and drink will be provided.



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