education reform

December 18, 2014 - 8:00am
The temperatures have plummeted, the NFL playoffs are almost upon us, and our credit cards are tapped from holiday shopping – that means it’s time once again to unveil the Forum ‘s top five research findings of the year.  Last year’s list...
December 8, 2014 - 7:45am
By: Joe Yeado
Over the past few decades Milwaukee has developed a national reputation as a petri dish for education policies and reforms. From the introduction of school choice in 1990 to the more recent expansion of charter schools, from the turnaround model to...
April 4, 2014 - 8:00am
The Public Policy Forum’s annual Research Brief and school directory on the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) - released this morning - finds that the program includes 110 schools and 25,820 students as of the 2013-2014 school year....
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...
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...
September 23, 2011 - 8:00am
A thought-provoking essay in the current issue of National Affairs by the prolific and sardonic Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute calls for a retreat from education reform's long-held focus on closing the achievement gap. Hess feels the...
September 16, 2011 - 8:29am
Milwaukee's private school voucher program, now in its twelfth year, is dwarfed by the 30-year-old voucher program in Chile, where almost half of all students attend private voucher schools. The Chilean program is therefore of significant interest...
July 8, 2011 - 10:05am
There is a common presumption that when it comes to improving public school performance, constructive changes, whether originating at the top or the bottom, cannot take hold unless they are championed by the superintendent. The superintendent of the...
March 29, 2011 - 8:00am
A common complaint about education reform is the slow pace with which it takes place. I've often heard the analogy, "Improving a school system is like turning a battleship." In contrast, political changes can occur quite rapidily, as this state has...

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