RACINE — A Presentation on “The Privatization of Education” by Dr. Julie Underwood will be held on March 21 at the Racine Marriott Hotel, 7111 Washington Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner is served at 6 p.m., and the presentation begins at 7 p.m.
Underwood is the Dean of the School of Education of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a nationally recognized authority on school law. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from DePauw University, a law degree from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Florida. Underwood previously served as dean of the School of Education and Allied Professions at Miami University and as the associate executive director and general counsel for the National School Boards Association in Washington, D.C.
Underwood will explore four challenges of privatization of education in America, and what they mean for the future of public education in this country. She will talk about these four topics in current research, policies and practices: vouchers, charters, virtual schools and tutorial/support services. Additionally, her presentation will highlight the transition from privatization to for profit and the deeper and longer-term implications of such changes. There will be a period of question-and-answer exchanges at the end of the program.
The event is sponsored by Phi Delta Kappa (1123) and Racine and Kenosha Branches of The American Association of University Women, with additional co-sponsorship and endorsement by The Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce, Delta Kappa Gamma (Beta) of Kenosha, Delta Kappa Gamma (Pi) of Racine, The Kenosha Education Association, The Racine Education Association, The Kenosha Area Retired Educators Association, The Racine Area Retired Educators Association, Educators Credit Union and The Racine Interfaith Coalition.
The 7 p.m. program is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending the dinner are asked to make reservations by Friday by calling (262) 639-0239 to assure space.