March 2, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Policy in a Pub - March 2015

Join the Public Policy Forum for "Policy in a Pub" on Monday, March 2. We will be trying out a new venue this time - 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. The event includes complimentary appetizers, great policy discussion, and a cash bar. Our topic is a soon-to-be-released Forum study that looks at best practices from around the country to improve the speed and efficiency of bus services. While our region has had lengthy and emotional debates about the merits of rail and expanded highways, other cities also have focused on the possibilities afforded by bus system enhancements. Please join us for a sneak preview of our report, which will describe such enhancements and their potential relevance to Milwaukee. Forum Senior Researcher Joe Peterangelo  will present the findings of the report. Please join us with your questions and ideas about the future of our bus system!  
March 23, 2015 - 11:45am to 1:30pm

Viewpoint Luncheon: Holding Schools Accountable for Performance

"Accountability" is the new buzzword in K-12 education deliberations this year, with the Wisconsin Legislature debating measures to identify and address the shortcomings of low-performing schools, and at least one local legislator seeking to create a new "recovery district" for failing schools in Milwaukee. How should school performance be defined, and what are the appropriate strategies for improving performance? Should poor performance be linked with sanctions, or is it enough to publicly identify failing schools? How have other states fared with accountability measures, and what can we learn from New Orleans' experience with a recovery district? Join the Public Policy Forum, and its partners from Marquette University's Diederich College of Communication and the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, at a Viewpoint Luncheon that will explore the issue of school accountability. We will hear first from our keynote speaker: Former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Education Reporter Sarah Carr, and author of Hope Against Hope, a book detailing New Orleans' school reforms after Hurricane Katrina Then, a panel of local stakeholders will provide their take: Patricia Hoben, Head of Schools, Carmen Schools of Science and Technology Shaun Luehring, Principal, Atonement Lutheran School Bob Peterson, President, Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association Moderated by Alan Borsuk, Senior Fellow in Law and Public Policy, Marquette University Law School Registration will be opening soon.