Blog Archive

April 4, 2014 - 8:00am
The Public Policy Forum’s annual Research Brief and school directory on the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) - released this morning - finds that the program includes 110 schools and 25,820 students as of the 2013-2014 school year....
April 2, 2014 - 9:00am
The Forum’s recent report on afterschool program quality – Reaching for the Stars – revealed that only 28% of the afterschool programs in Milwaukee County that had been evaluated by the state’s YoungStar system as of June 2013 had received quality...
March 27, 2014 - 8:00am
Every day, as thousands of commuters drive south on Highway 45 towards the zoo interchange,  it’s likely that very few of them notice the newer water tower on the County Grounds proudly advertising the location of the Milwaukee Regional Medical...
March 20, 2014 - 9:35am
As the Norman N. Gill fellow, my research exploring nonprofit revenue trends is a bit outside of the Public Policy Forum’s traditional focus, and so it’s worthwhile to explain why we feel this issue deserves some attention. Most clearly,...
March 13, 2014 - 10:00pm
Late last year, the Public Policy Forum released Pulling Back the Curtain, a report that identified and quantified the operating and facility needs of Milwaukee County’s cultural and entertainment assets.  Today, we release the second...
March 12, 2014 - 9:00am
A new report by the American Public Transit Association reveals that U.S. transit ridership in 2013 rose to its highest level since 1956. APTA found that rail systems did particularly well, with subways, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail all...
March 11, 2014 - 9:00am
A recent Brookings Institution report on rising inequality within major cities indicated that Milwaukee is one of the top six metropolitan areas in which inequality is growing. A follow-up article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel referred to the...
February 26, 2014 - 8:30am
In his annual “state of the city” speech on Monday morning, Mayor Barrett announced plans to step up efforts to redevelop two vacant industrial parks in Milwaukee. “With the Menomonee Valley Industrial Center nearly complete,” he said, “we are...
February 25, 2014 - 8:30am
Past Forum research has revealed that most afterschool programs in Milwaukee County have received relatively low ratings from “YoungStar,” Wisconsin’s child care rating and improvement system. Our research also indicates that the biggest barrier to...
January 8, 2014 - 9:00am
As we begin 2014, now is the time that we often take a moment to reflect on the past year and think of ways that we can improve upon it. As a result of this process, many people resolve to share a greater part of what they’ve earned with the causes...

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