MPS

October 3, 2017 - 11:45am
When MPS staged a recent celebration to kick off the 2017-18 school year as the Year of the Arts, we could trace the moment, in part, to a research project we concluded in April 2014, called Every Child is an Artist. About a year and a half ago, we...
June 9, 2017 - 8:00am
Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), the City of Milwaukee, and Milwaukee County all confront a common challenge. They are squeezed by both revenue and expenditure constraints – forces like stagnant state aids, limited tax-base growth, health care and...
January 20, 2017 - 10:36am
My guess is that the headline in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel proclaiming that Milwaukee Public Schools unfunded retiree benefit costs "fall to under $1 billion" leaves most citizens scratching their heads. Is a long-term liability that still...
May 21, 2015 - 7:30am
By: Joe Yeado
A review of the proposed Milwaukee Public Schools 2016 budget indicates the district was able to successfully navigate declining revenues and potential cuts in state aids. The Public Policy Forum’s latest Budget Brief illustrates steps taken by...
May 23, 2014 - 8:00am
With its major revenue streams flat or declining in 2015, MPS will continue to try to do more with less.  That’s one of the major findings in the Forum’s 2015 MPS budget brief, which we release this morning.  This brief will be an annual...
April 25, 2014 - 7:45am
Milwaukee has no shortage of hot topics surrounding K-12 education – in what form it should take place (public, charter, or voucher schools), what should be taught, how to narrow achievement gaps, and how to hold schools and school districts...
July 25, 2013 - 7:30am
The increasingly competitive global economy has created a new imperative for educators across the nation not only to graduate students from high school, but also to ensure their success after graduation.  In Wisconsin, meanwhile, the Department...
June 7, 2013 - 7:50am
With the biennial budget process in full swing, Wisconsinites of all political colors are debating policy priorities and how to divide up resources to address them. Because it receives the largest budget appropriation of any single program, K-12...
December 27, 2012 - 8:00am
If it’s December, then it must be time for the Forum’s annual list of its top five research findings of the year.  Last year’s list included findings on MMSD’s daunting capital needs, the dramatic decline in Milwaukee County’s corrections...
December 21, 2012 - 7:00am
When the Public Policy Forum decided to dive deeply into the finances of the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) six months ago, we did so with considerable trepidation. Having tracked MPS' finances on a general level for the past several years, we were...

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