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Notre Dame Forum: Law and Educational Innovation -- Panels Nov. 18

on Monday, 14 November 2011.

A day-long discussion of ideas for improving K-12 education will feature an array of legal experts, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, at the Notre Dame Law School on Friday, Nov. 18.

The symposium, titled "Educational Innovation and the Law" and sponsored by the Law School, is the latest event in the Notre Dame Forum series collectively called "Reimagining School."

The Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) and the Institute for Educational Initaitives (IEI) have been active in the planning of the Notre Dame Forum, which spans the 2011-2012 academic year. ACE and IEI faculty and staff are invited to attend the Nov. 18 discussions by two distinguished panels.

The panel discussions are scheduled at 8:45 am and 12 noon. ACE coordinator of policy, Law School professor Nicole Garnett, will begin with an introduction to the symposium at 8:30 am.

No RSVP or tickets are required to attend the panels, which will be held in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom of the Eck Hall of Law. However, tickets are required for the keynote address, which will be delivered by Gov. Christie at 2:30 pm.

Ticket information is available at the Notre Dame Forum website, forum.nd.edu, where the keynote will also be streamed live.

The first panel, moderated by Notre Dame Law School Professor Patty O'Hara, will feature these experts and their topics:

* Michael Heise of Cornell Law – "Law and Policy Entrepreneurs: Empirical Evidence on the Expansion of School Choice Policy."

* Nicole Garnett of Notre Dame Law – "Are Charters Enough Choice? School Choice and the Future of Catholic Schools."

* Jim Dwyer of William and Mary Law – "Regulatory, Market, and Ethical Limitations on Parental Choice as a Strategy for Educational Innovation."

* Roderick Hills of New York University Law – "Decentralization and Innovation."

* Joseph Viteritti of City University of New York – "The Federal Role in School Reform: Obama's 'Race to the Top.'"

The second panel, moderated by Notre Dame Law School Associate Dean Rick Garnett, will feature these experts and their topics:

* Andrea Matwyshyn of the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania – "Digital Childhood: Technology, Privacy, and Schools."

* Rosemary Salomone of St. John's University Law – "Language, Identity, and the Debate over Multiculturalism: Transatlantic Views on Immigrant Schooling."

* Lia Epperson of American University Law – TBA

* Peter Schuck of Yale Law, along with Matthew Matera and David Noah – "What Happens to the 'Bad Apples': A Study of Suspensions in New York City Schools."

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