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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Mar, 2013
In January 2012, the Public Policy Forum released a report analyzing the first year of Wisconsin’s new child care quality rating and improvement system – “YoungStar” – and its implications for child care providers in Milwaukee County. Among the...
Feb, 2013
If Milwaukee’s taxpayer-funded private school choice program were a school district, it would be the third-largest district in the state, with nearly 25,000 publicly-funded students.  In addition, the participating schools would rank second...
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...