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, 2008
In a direct reversal from last year, the 2007-08 achievement gap between schools in southeast Wisconsin and those in the rest of the state, as measured by Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam (WKCE) standardized test scores, narrowed in all...
Oct, 2008
Pull-out poster providing rankings in an easily readable format. Rankings of K-12 school districts, according to enrollment, district finances, student participation and student performance measures.
Jun, 2008
A survey of 414 child care providers in southeastern Wisconsin reveals that cost as well as low wages and lack of benefits for workers can constrain providers from pursuing improvements to child‐care quality. High‐quality early...
Apr, 2008
A recent survey of 430 parents in southeastern Wisconsin finds the vast majority are satisfied with the quality of their child care arrangements and their options for child care. In fact, most say they would not change anything about their child...
Feb, 2008
In early 2006, Governor Doyle signed Act 125 into law, codifying the legislative compromise that allowed the cap on enrollment in Milwaukee’s Parental Choice Program (MPCP) to be increased in exchange for greater accountability for the participating...
Feb, 2008
2008-2009 directory of schools participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program.