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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 Thursday, Sept. 21, at noon in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.

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Her talk, “The Continuing Transformation of K-12 Education Law: Beyond Vouchers and Charter Schools,” is part of the UT College of Law’s Stranahan Lecture series.

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, 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.

Garnett earned her bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University and her juris doctor from Yale Law School, and she 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 UT College of Law and its chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.

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