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April 30, 2012 - 8:00am
A recent Public Policy Forum report looked at the impacts university research can have on local economic development and presented several models that could help to expand technology transfer in southeast Wisconsin. We found that while coordinated...
April 25, 2012 - 1:15pm
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...
March 19, 2012 - 8:00am
The Forum released a new report this morning that examines out-of-classroom expenditures in Milwaukee County's suburban school districts. The examination was prompted by the increased pressure faced by most districts to identify operational cost...
March 12, 2012 - 8:00am
The decision last week by Milwaukee County's Health and Human Needs Committee to "put the brakes" on planning for a new inpatient mental health facility - as reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - was welcomed by many mental health advocates,...
March 1, 2012 - 1:50pm
The Public Policy Forum's November 2011 report on Milwaukee's economic development landscape - Assembling the Parts - has triggered considerable discussion about the need for strategic economic development planning in Milwaukee. Calls for such...
February 15, 2012 - 9:30am
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
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...
January 29, 2012 - 8:00am
In June 2010, in the wake of detailed media accounts of widespread fraud in the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy system and growing evidence that high-quality child care promotes positive academic outcomes, the Wisconsin Legislature approved a...
January 25, 2012 - 11:45am
As reported earlier this week in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the UWM Center for Economic Development's latest report on race and employment paints a devastating picture of the depth of joblessness in Milwaukee's central city. According to the...
January 18, 2012 - 8:15am
"Value-added" assessment is an increasingly popular method of evaluating the influence of schools and teachers on student achievement. Often, this analysis measures the impact of individual teachers on their students’ standardized test scores, while...

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