Anneliese Dickman's Blogs

February 5, 2008 - 10:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
The Forum's tenth annual census of private schools participating in the school choice program is released today. Our analysis finds that the results of the 2006 legislation lifting the enrollment cap in exchange for greater accountability are not as...
December 27, 2007 - 10:25am
By: Anneliese Dickman
Attention policy wonks--here's a new word for you: "Gray literature" is the term of art for publications from sources like the Forum, which produce reports that are not easily found from centralized indices or catalogues. Here's a more official...
December 7, 2007 - 10:20am
By: Anneliese Dickman
Among Milwaukee's claims to fame is our status as "ground zero" for the school choice movement. No other city has as large or as long-standing a school choice program as Milwaukee's, which enables over 20,000 low-income students to attend private...
November 30, 2007 - 9:10am
By: Anneliese Dickman
This summer the City of Milwaukee Comptroller's office found that the replacement cycle for the city's streets and alleys was several years longer than their predicted useful life. For alleys, the replacement cycle was found to be 272 years, or 4.5...
November 26, 2007 - 2:15pm
By: Anneliese Dickman
Alan Borsuk's article in today's Journal Sentinel could lead one to believe that growth in the voucher program necessarily comes at the expense of MPS enrollment. However, our research shows the recent growth in voucher use comes mostly from...
November 21, 2007 - 10:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
Quality rating systems for child care are all the rage in the states. Hailed as systemic approaches to improving the quality of care, 14 states have some version of a rating program. Wisconsin is one of the states that does not have a rating system...
November 5, 2007 - 10:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
Revenue-sharing agreements among local counties are usually developed to benefit both jurisdictions and are usually true agreements, one would hope.Not in Ohio. Weighted representation on Northeast Ohio's metropolitan planning organization (the Ohio...
October 26, 2007 - 9:15am
By: Anneliese Dickman
As you've likely heard, Wisconsin has the worst black-white achievement gap in the nation. Black students in our state are further behind their white classmates than in any other state when it comes to reading. The only thing more troubling is that...
October 24, 2007 - 10:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
Sometimes when I read the Journal Sentinel's headlines, I wonder if I'm actually reading The Onion.Today's headline is an example: Choice may not improve schools, study saysAfter decades of MPS score stagnation despite school choice, charter schools...
October 10, 2007 - 12:00pm
By: Anneliese Dickman
How many times have you heard of a lucky duck who wins the lottery, just to squander it all and return to his old work-a-day self? I'm sure those guys thought winning the lottery would turn their luck around forever.Just like education reform...

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