Public Policy Forum Research



Over the years, the Forum has built a reputation as the region's premier source of data and analysis on K-12 education issues, with annual reports on the demographics, achievement and financing of public and private schools. More recently, we have expanded our portfolio to include early childhood education, with a multi-year research project on child care quality that has helped shape state policy in that area. In addition, we have initiated a two-year project on afterschool programming in Milwaukee.

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Oct, 2014
Pull-out poster providing Southeastern Wisconsin school performance in an easily readable format. Performance of the K-12 school districts includes enrollment, district finances, student participation and student performance measures.
May, 2014
In December 2012, the Public Policy Forum released a comprehensive analysis of the Milwaukee Public Schools’ fiscal condition.  The report – entitled Passing the Test, But Making the Grade? – was designed to explore the severity of MPS’...
Apr, 2014
In this report, a follow-up to our June 2013 report: Community-led Arts Education Models in the U.S.: Potential Lessons for Milwaukee, we use a case study approach to delve deeper into the underlying mechanics and structural factors of...
Apr, 2014
Milwaukee’s Parental Choice Program (MPCP) includes 110 schools today, having experienced both exits and entrants from its roster of 111 schools in the past decade. According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), fall 2013 voucher...
Feb, 2014
Our recent research has revealed that most afterschool programs in Milwaukee County have received relatively low ratings, and that their biggest hurdle to improving their scores often involved the educational qualifications of program staff. In...
Oct, 2013
For the past 27 years, the Public Policy Forum has compiled and analyzed data on southeast Wisconsin’s public school districts for the purpose of producing a report on trends in the region’s academic performance and demographics. We continue that...