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, 2010
For 24 consecutive years, the Public Policy Forum has compiled and analyzed data from southeastern Wisconsin’s public school districts in order to better inform policymakers and the public about the effectiveness of the region’s K-12 education...
Sep, 2010
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.
Feb, 2010
Between the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years, fewer new schools joined the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) than ever before. In addition, 13 MPCP schools closed and another three schools merged - the most year-over-year closures the program...
Feb, 2010
2010 directory of schools participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program.
Dec, 2009
Consensus is growing that the quality of early childhood care and education contributes a great deal to regional economic health, and that the current quality of care in southeast Wisconsin is too low. Research has linked high‐quality care with...
Oct, 2009
This is the 12th 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 data to data of nine peer school districts...