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Green Bay Press Times reports on future of public education presentation from UW-Madison’s Mead

October 11, 2019

The Press Times reported on a presentation delivered by UW-Madison’s Julie Mead. 

Mead is the School of Education’s associate dean for education, and is a professor with the School’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

On Sept. 24 the League pf Women Voters of Greater Green Bay, in connection with the Patricia Marguerite O’Neil Memorial Fund, hosted Mead for a discussion on the future of public education. 

Julie Mead
During the presentation, Mead discussed the history of how public education got to where it is today. She explained that not only the state of Wisconsin, but all 50 states, have determined that public education is not just a discretionary act that legislators can "do." but a primary purpose of state government. 

“Whether we are talking about someone at the school board level, whether we are talking about those we elect to represent us in the state assembly, whether we are talking about our state-elected superintendent of public instruction, whether we are talking about our governor, our United States Senators, representatives we send to Congress, or the president — all of those people have a role, as do we, in policy formation around education,” she said, according to the Press Times.

The newspaper reports Mead stressed that continued discussion is necessary by educators and policymakers alike to keep looking for new and innovative ways to improve public education. She suggests that education is a situation where satisfaction is never attainable and it never should be.

“Collectively, through those that represent us, we redefine from time to time what it means to be educated and what needs to be a part of a fully-educated person,” Mead explained. “We also decide on the standards of that education.”

According the Press Times, Mead defines the standards of public education as public purpose, public funding, public access, public accountability of communities, and public curriculum. She urges the public, educators, and policymakers to continue debating ideas about changing the system moving forward.

“We have a lot of work to do to make these places the kind of our places that our kids deserve to be, but overall, we still have this very special thing called public education,” Mead said, according to the report.

Read the complete Press Times report here.

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