University of Wisconsin–Madison

Julie Mead, PhD

Julie Mead is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She was a member of the original MSPE development team and has taught in the program since its inception.  Julie teaches “Legal Rights and Responsibilities for Teachers,” a course that explores the legal dimensions of teachers’ work. Students learn how law impacts both curriculum development and curricular delivery. An emphasis is placed on understanding legal analysis in order to empower teachers to better balance the multiple interests confronting them. Specific topics that are examined include: curricular control, teachers’ academic freedom, religion in the curriculum, equity in programming, special education, student rights, student discipline, teacher contracts, teacher discipline, and negligence.

Julie first worked as a teacher of children with hearing impairments and then served as special education administrator before becoming a professor. Her research centers on legal issues related to special education and legal issues raised by various forms of school choice.  She is co-author withPreston 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 Principal’s Legal Handbook, published by the Education Law Association. In addition to these books, she has published numerous articles in both education and law journals. She is a member and regularly presents at the annual meetings of the American Educational Research Association, the Education Law Association, and the University Council on Educational Administration.

Selected Publications:

Mead, J. F. (in press). Private in name only: A statutory and constitutional analysis of Milwaukee’s private school voucher program.  Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights & Social Justice.

Gooden, M., Mead, J. F., Torres, M., & Eckes, S. (Eds.). (2013). The principal’s legal handbook (5th ed.). Dayton, OH: Education Law Association.

Mead, J. F., & Green, P. C. (2012). Chartering equity: Using charter school legislation and policy to advance equal educational opportunity. Boulder, CO: National Educational Policy Center.

For further information, see her department page.