New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to discuss educational innovation

Author: Shannon Roddel

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will deliver the keynote address during a day-long symposium titled “Educational Innovation and the Law” to be held Nov. 18 (Friday) at the Notre Dame Law School.

The event is part of the 2011-12 Notre Dame Forum, “Reimagining School: To Nurture the Soul of a Nation,” a year-long discussion of the profound and challenging questions that shape the national debate about K-12 education.

Hosted by the Notre Dame Law Review, the symposium will discuss whether the law impedes innovation in education and will consider a wide range of legal issues related to education, including the education gap, school choice, charter schools, labor issues and the effects of the current state and local fiscal crisis on public education. Two panels of legal scholars will present and discuss issues surrounding educational innovation and the law.

The symposium is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for the keynote address. Ticketing information is available on the Forum website, where the keynote will also be streamed live.

Christie is New Jersey’s 55th governor and formerly served as the state’s U.S. Attorney. He drew national attention for his efforts in battling political corruption, corporate crime, human trafficking, gangs, terrorism and polluters. He led a widely acclaimed charge against public corruption, winning convictions or guilty pleas from more than 130 public officials – both Republican and Democrat – without losing a single case.

Forum 2011: Reimagining School

The Forum features a series of panel presentations, symposia and workshops spanning the entire academic year. A complete listing of events is available on the Forum website, which will be updated throughout the academic year.

Established in 2005 by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president, the Forum has brought leading authorities to campus to discuss substantive issues of the day. Past forum topics have included the global marketplace and its impact on the common good, immigration, sustainability, global health and the role of religious faith in a plural world.

Contact: Alison Curran, symposium editor,