Wake Forest Law Review to host ‘Privatizing the Public Good: Emerging Trends in K-16 Education’ symposium Oct. 26

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The Wake Forest Law Review will host the symposium, “Privatizing the Public Good:  Emerging Trends in K-16 Education,” on Friday, Oct. 26.

The symposium assembles a range of perspectives and topics in order to explore privatization trends in education policy at both the K-12 and higher education levels.  These privatization trends challenge the traditional view of education as a public good and raise interesting questions concerning the role and shape of education reform. The event is free and open to the public.

The symposium will include a panel that will address privatization trends at the K-12 level such as:  school choice and competition, accountability mechanisms, the suburban vs. urban divide, and contracting out educational functions to private entities.

Another panel will address higher education privatization trends such as:  escalating tuition and the student debt crisis; the growth of for profit universities; the changing business model for higher education involving diversified revenue streams and different delivery formats; and the potential for greater regulation of federal aid for non-profit and for profit institutions.

Participants are:

  • Derek W.  Black, Professor of Law,  University of South Carolina School of Law;
  • Kristi Bowman, Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law;
  • Jonathan Cardi, Associate Dean for Research and Development, Wake Forest University School of Law;
  • James Dwyer, Arthur B. Hanson Professor of Law, College of William and Mary;
  • Lia Epperson, Associate Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law;
  • Erica Frankenberg, Assistant Professor of Law, Penn State University;
  • Danielle Holley-Walker, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of South Carolina School of Law;
  • Kent Jenkins, Corinthian Colleges Inc.;
  • Ann McColl, Legislative Director, North Carolina State Board of Education;
  • Dennis Parker, Director of Racial Justice Program; American Civil Liberties Union;
  • Wendy Parker, James A. Webster Professor of Public Law, Wake Forest University School of Law;
  • Steve Pines, Education Industry Association;
  • Omari Simmons, Professor of Law, Wake Forest University School of Law; and
  • Joseph Soares, Professor of Sociology, Wake Forest University.

According to Wake Forest Law Professor Omari Simmons, the symposium’s faculty adviser, the symposium will further the understanding of privatization trends in K-16 education policy.

“Ultimately, the panels will also address the implications for student achievement, economic growth, class and racial diversity, social stratification, democracy, and fairness,” he said.

Any North Carolina attorney in attendance will receive 4.5 hours of CLE credit to satisfy the general requirements.

For the schedule and more information, visit http://wakeforestlawreview.com/symposia.