Carson v. Makin, Parental Choice, and Religious Liberty


Location: 3140 Eck Hall of Law (View on map )

'The Case for Parental Choice: God, Family, and Educational Liberty' by John E. Coons
'The Case for Parental Choice: God, Family, and Educational Liberty' by John E. Coons

On March 15, 2023, the University of Notre Dame Press published The Case for Parental Choice: God, Family, and Educational Liberty by John E. Coons, a leading advocate for parental choice over their children's schooling. The book is edited by University of Notre Dame faculty Nicole Stelle Garnett, Richard W. Garnett, and Ernest Morrell.

The essays in The Case for Parental Choice examine the relationship between parental choice and individual autonomy; the implications of American educational policy for social justice, equality, and community; the impact of education policy on low-income families; and the religious implications of parental choice. Together, these pieces present wide-ranging and morally compelling case for parental choice in children’s education. The themes developed in the book have never had more real-world salience than today, as more and more states are embracing policies that empower parents to take control of their children's education.

The following book launch events for The Case for Parental Choice are scheduled on March 30, 2023 and hosted by the Notre Dame Law School Religious Liberty Initiative.

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. (3140 Eck Hall of Law): A panel of school choice and religious liberty experts will discuss the implications of the Supreme Court's recent decision in Carson v. Makin, which held that religious schools must be included in private-school-choice programs. Books will be available at the in-person event, and catering will be provided.

The panelists include Michael Bindas (Institute for Justice); Michael Helfand (Pepperdine Law School); Michael Moreland (Villanova Law School); and Laura Wolk Slavis (Becket Law).

Post Carson Education Event Panelists

• 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. (Zoom): At this virtual book launch, Dean G. Marcus Cole, Jack Coons, and other scholars and advocates will discuss the book and the state of the current school choice movement.

Join us via Zoom

• 5:00 p.m.: The Institute for Justice's Short Circuit podcast will feature an episode on The Case for Parental Choice. Nicole Stelle Garnett and Richard W. Garnett will participate, as well as Jack Coons and Michael Bindas, who argued the Carson case.

We hope you'll join us on March 30!