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Julie F. Mead
(608) 263-3405
Biographical Information

Julie Fisher Mead is the Associate Dean for Education and Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Dr. Mead joined the UW-Madison faculty in 1999 and researches and teaches about topics related to education law.  Her research centers on legal issues related to special education and legal issues raised by various forms of school choice, including charter schools and vouchers.  Recent scholarship has proposed policy language to ensure charter schools promote equal educational opportunity, traced the evolution of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, examined voucher programs in relation to the education clauses of state constitutions, analyzed voucher statutes for the presence or absence of non-discrimination requirements, and compared the rights of parents of children with disabilities under federal law and with those available to them under voucher statutes. Dr. Mead is co-author with Preston Green of Charter Schools and the Law: Establishing New Legal Relationships, published by Christopher-Gordon Publishers and co-author with Julie Underwood of Legal Aspects of Special Education and Pupil Services published by Allyn & Bacon. She is also a co-editor of the 2nd through 5th editions of The Principal’s Legal Handbook, published by the Education Law Association. In addition, she has published numerous articles in both education and law journals. Dr. Mead is a former special education teacher and administrator.