Anneliese Dickman's Blogs

April 30, 2013 - 8:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
  A recent blog post by Governing magazine provocatively titled “How to Craft an After-School Program That Doesn't Suck” points out that benefits of afterschool programming cannot be counted on if kids do not regularly attend. Therefore, it is...
February 13, 2013 - 8:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP), now in its 23rd year, includes 113 private schools and nearly 25,000 students, making it larger than all but two school districts in the state.  The results of our 15th annual census of MPCP schools...
October 22, 2012 - 8:30am
By: Anneliese Dickman
Few would dispute the idea that effective mental health care relies on the quality and accessibility of health care professionals, especially nurses. As stakeholders in Milwaukee County work to redesign the county’s mental health system, one of the...
September 25, 2012 - 7:46am
By: Anneliese Dickman
Public school districts in southeast Wisconsin are likely to be hard-pressed to meet new annual performance objectives adopted by the state in connection with its No Child Left Behind Act waiver.  The new objectives are quite ambitious, requiring...
July 17, 2012 - 10:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported that tight state budgets have resulted in several governors adopting Internet sales tax agreements with online retailers that require these sellers to collect state sales taxes at the time of purchase, even...
July 5, 2012 - 8:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
In our latest report on child care policy in Wisconsin, released today, the Forum estimates between 24,000 and 30,000 school-age children attend afterschool programs in Milwaukee.  Starting this week, these school-age programs will now be subject to...
June 11, 2012 - 8:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
The aggregate gross tax levy for southeast Wisconsin totaled $3.9 billion for 2012, a decrease of 0.3% over the previous year and the first decrease since at least 2000. Until this year’s slight decrease, the aggregate levy increased annually,...
April 25, 2012 - 1:15pm
By: Anneliese Dickman
During the debates over Wisconsin's new child care quality improvement initiative, the YoungStar quality rating system, it became clear that an anticipated trade-off for quality improvement was likely to be a reduction in the number of child care...
February 15, 2012 - 9:30am
By: Anneliese Dickman
It always feels a bit discomforting to say, "Race and economic status are highly correlated to academic achievement." Children can change neither their race nor their income; a statement like the one above can feel like saying these children also...
February 13, 2012 - 7:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
The Forum's 14th annual census of schools participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) finds that voucher use by Milwaukee students grew 10% in 2011-12 to 23,198 voucher students, reversing last year’s enrollment decline. In...

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