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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Apr, 2016
Our new research shows that the educator workforce in Greater Milwaukee is stretched, with districts struggling to retain current teachers and the supply of new teachers to fill vacancies shrinking over a recent five-year period. Key findings:...
Dec, 2015
For the last 30 years, the Public Policy Forum has collected and analyzed education data to produce an annual report on the demographics, academic performance, and finances of public school districts in southeast Wisconsin. In the three decades of...
Dec, 2015
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.
Oct, 2015
In this report, we address this question with a comprehensive look at public school leaders in Greater Milwaukee. Our analysis covers the four-county Milwaukee metropolitan area and uses the most up-to-date data available to answer a number of...
Aug, 2015
In this report, we address this question with a comprehensive look at public school teachers in Greater Milwaukee. This work builds on a pair of reports we published in December 2014 that defined and tracked changes to the K-12 educational landscape...
Jun, 2015
The Public Policy Forum’s 17th annual census of MPCP schools was conducted from November 2014 through January 2015. Schools were mailed a survey to complete and return, and those that failed to do so after the due date were visited to attempt to...