Marquette University News Release

Education expert Kara Finnigan among speakers for Marquette University discussion of Milwaukee-area public school enrollment policies

November 15, 2013

Event Information:
Date: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
Time: 5:30 — 8:30 p.m.
Place: Marquette Law School, Eckstein Hall

Kara Finnigan, a professor at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester, will be among the speakers at a discussion of Milwaukee-area public schools’ enrollment policies on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 5:30 p.m. at Marquette University Law School, Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St.

Finnigan will provide a national perspective based on her work as part of a Ford Foundation-funded research project looking at regional educational equity collaborations such as the programs currently used in the Milwaukee area.

Since the mid-1970s, thousands of students who live in the City of Milwaukee have attended public schools in the suburbs, while a smaller number of suburban students have enrolled in Milwaukee schools, through two state programs: Chapter 220 and public school open enrollment.

Chapter 220 is a voluntary program enabling students of color in the City of Milwaukee to enroll in participating and available suburban districts. Open enrollment is a statewide program dating to 1997, permitting enrollment of a student in any participating and available school district, and is not based on race.

During this period, some things have changed and others not. For example, on the one hand, the resident population of some Milwaukee suburbs has become more diverse over time; yet, on the other, disparities in achievement by income and race remain large. This evening session will examine the impact and result of programs such as Chapter 220 and open enrollment and explore the lessons for public policy going forward.

The event is sponsored by Marquette University Law School, Marquette University College of Education and the Chapter 220 Joint Planning Council.

The event is free, but registration is required and can be completed online. Media interested in attending should contact Chris Jenkins in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-4745 or

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