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, 2009
The number of students using vouchers to attend private schools in Milwaukee under the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) has grown from 6,194 in 1998-99 to 20,244 today. The value of a voucher also has grown during this time, from $4,894 to $...
Feb, 2009
2009-2010 directory of schools participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program.
Jan, 2009
As the push for economic stimulus has states contemplating economic development in new and different ways, Wisconsin may find it helpful to note the unconventional efforts of its neighbors. Minnesota and Illinois have positioned themselves to reap...
Jan, 2009
As the first state to offer universal preschool to three‐year‐olds, Illinois’ experience with early childhood education (ECE) policy reform efforts offers valuable lessons about how such change takes shape. The confluence of factors...
Jan, 2009
Minnesota experienced significant advancement of early childhood education (ECE) issues in the past five years, integrating contributions from researchers, corporations, advocates, foundations, education, public officials and government entities. It...
Oct, 2008
This is the 11th annual report on conditions affecting the Racine Unified School District (RUSD). This year, our analysis again focuses on the long-term historical trends in RUSD. The analysis compares RUSD to nine peer school districts and the...