How school privatization opens the door for discrimination


In a free presentation February 27 in Appleton, Dr. Julie Mead of the UW-Madison School of Education will share research that uncovers a troubling relationship between school privatization and discrimination. Her review of relevant laws reveals that voucher and charter school programs open the door to discrimination because of three phenomena: 

  • Federal law defines discrimination differently in public and private spaces. 
  • State legislatures have largely neglected issues of discrimination while constructing voucher laws. 
  • Because private and charter schools are free to determine what programs to offer, they can attract some populations while excluding others. 

Dr. Mead will explore each of these issues and suggest recommendations for policymakers. 

 Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 7 p.m.
Appleton Public Library, Room ABC,
225 N. Oneida St., Appleton

 This event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 7 to 8 p.m., with questions and discussion to follow. It is sponsored in part by the Fox Cities Advocates for Public Education.