Anneliese Dickman's Blogs

January 12, 2012 - 8:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
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
By: Anneliese Dickman
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...
December 16, 2011 - 8:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
In June 2010, Wisconsin’s Joint Committee on Finance approved YoungStar, a new quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) for the state’s nearly 8,500 child care providers. YoungStar supporters believe the new system will improve the overall...
December 9, 2011 - 8:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
The latest edition of the People Speak poll finds Milwaukee area citizens are concerned about health care costs in general, as well as the costs of the new health care reform law.Of the 436 residents polled in early November, a majority (62%) agree...
October 28, 2011 - 8:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
Racine Unified School District (RUSD) implemented a district-wide vision for improvement in March 2009. Called the North Star vision, it is intended to specify "the path to successful completion of high school for all RUSD students with an ultimate...
October 24, 2011 - 8:20am
By: Anneliese Dickman
This afternoon the Public Policy Forum takes up the topic of the economic impact of academic research at our Viewpoint luncheon. One specific way in which research leads to job creation and business development is via technology transfer – the legal...
September 23, 2011 - 8:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
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
By: Anneliese Dickman
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...
September 9, 2011 - 8:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
Werner Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle states that one cannot simultaneously measure the location of a particle while also measuring the momentum of that particle. When you apply this principle to schools, it's a little disheartening--if we...
July 22, 2011 - 8:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
The latest edition of the People Speak poll, released today, finds that residents of southeast Wisconsin are mostly satisfied with the services they receieve from their city, town, or village government. The poll, conducted in late June and early...

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