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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Feb, 2013
2013 directory of schools participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program.
Dec, 2012
This report is an independent assessment of MPS’ financial condition. To our knowledge, this is the first comprehensive study of MPS’ fiscal structure and condition since a March 2007 report by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, entitled ...
Nov, 2012
The 15th Annual Comparative Analysis of the Racine Unified School District introduces a wealth of new information reflecting the profound changes in state policy that have occurred over the past year in regard to education accountability and finance...
Oct, 2012
Milwaukee’s afterschool programs vary considerably in terms of their attitudes about, understanding of, and readiness for new state quality ratings. As of July 2012, all child care and afterschool programs serving school-age children receiving state...
Sep, 2012
For the past 26 years, the Public Policy Forum has compiled and analyzed data from southeast Wisconsin public school districts to produce an annual report on schooling trends in the region. In this year’s report, we do so in the context of changes...
Sep, 2012
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.