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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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.
Jul, 2012
Afterschool programming has long been seen as a way of ensuring the safety of school-age children with working parents, and as a means of providing children with opportunities to enrich their environments and improve their school performance. In...
Mar, 2012
In this report, we set the stage for discussion of service sharing in Milwaukee County's suburban school districts. Our specific focus is the dollars those districts are spending on out-of-classroom services, including administrative, "back office"...
Feb, 2012
The number of students using taxpayer-funded vouchers for private school tuition increased 12% in the current school year, representing the largest increase since 2006 and reversing last year’s enrollment decline. The 2011-13 Wisconsin state budget...
Feb, 2012
2011-12 directory of schools participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program.