Dickman

April 30, 2013 - 8:00am
  A recent blog post by Governing magazine provocatively titled “How to Craft an After-School Program That Doesn't Suck” points out that benefits of afterschool programming cannot be counted on if kids do not regularly attend. Therefore, it is...
February 13, 2013 - 8:00am
The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP), now in its 23rd year, includes 113 private schools and nearly 25,000 students, making it larger than all but two school districts in the state.  The results of our 15th annual census of MPCP schools...
October 22, 2012 - 8:30am
Few would dispute the idea that effective mental health care relies on the quality and accessibility of health care professionals, especially nurses. As stakeholders in Milwaukee County work to redesign the county’s mental health system, one of the...
September 25, 2012 - 7:46am
Public school districts in southeast Wisconsin are likely to be hard-pressed to meet new annual performance objectives adopted by the state in connection with its No Child Left Behind Act waiver.  The new objectives are quite ambitious, requiring...
July 17, 2012 - 10:00am
Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported that tight state budgets have resulted in several governors adopting Internet sales tax agreements with online retailers that require these sellers to collect state sales taxes at the time of purchase, even...
April 25, 2012 - 1:15pm
During the debates over Wisconsin's new child care quality improvement initiative, the YoungStar quality rating system, it became clear that an anticipated trade-off for quality improvement was likely to be a reduction in the number of child care...
February 15, 2012 - 9:30am
It always feels a bit discomforting to say, "Race and economic status are highly correlated to academic achievement." Children can change neither their race nor their income; a statement like the one above can feel like saying these children also...
February 13, 2012 - 7:00am
The Forum's 14th annual census of schools participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) finds that voucher use by Milwaukee students grew 10% in 2011-12 to 23,198 voucher students, reversing last year’s enrollment decline. In...
January 12, 2012 - 8:00am
In 2003, California could have laid off every one of its state employees and still had a deficit, according to Alan Greenblatt of Governing Magazine. He explains, "Most of what states do, after all, is simply write checks to schools, hospitals and...
December 28, 2011 - 8:00am
In each of the past 15 years, the Public Policy Forum has surveyed nonprofit leaders in southeast Wisconsin to gain insight into the financial health of their organizations and their success in generating support from philanthropic and government...

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