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How productive are southeastern Wisconsin schools?

Public schools can be considered a form of workforce development, and thus it is important to measure the “work product” of the schools. To do that, the Forum’s annual analysis of public schools in the 50 districts serving southeastern Wisconsin measured absenteeism as educational opportunities lost because children were not in class. Considering that the 318,000 students enrolled in the region’s public schools are tomorrow’s employees, this measurement can be seen as an indicator of lost productivity in today’s schools – and potentially in future workplaces.

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