Anneliese Dickman's Blogs

July 8, 2011 - 10:05am
By: Anneliese Dickman
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...
May 13, 2011 - 11:51am
By: Anneliese Dickman
A New York Times article yesterday noted that financially-challenged municipalities across the country are calling on land-holding non-profit/tax-exempt organizations to make larger contributions in lieu of property taxes. These organizations,...
April 29, 2011 - 8:35am
By: Anneliese Dickman
New results from a statewide survey of 1,425 child care providers show that Milwaukee County providers compare favorably to providers across the state with respect to several measures that will be rewarded under the state's new YoungStar child care...
April 1, 2011 - 8:49am
By: Anneliese Dickman
The latest People Speak Poll, conducted by the Public Policy Forum and the Center for Urban Initiatives and Research at UWM in partnership with The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee, finds that the state budget ranks as the most important...
March 29, 2011 - 8:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
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...
March 9, 2011 - 10:32am
By: Anneliese Dickman
Gov. Walker’s proposed 2011-2013 biennial budget calls for an expansion of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program by repealing the enrollment cap, allowing private schools anywhere within Milwaukee County to participate, and expanding eligibility to...
February 28, 2011 - 8:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
Wisconsin annually ranks below average when it comes to recouping our share of federal aid. In 2008, for example, the state was 38th in percentage of revenue received from the federal government.But in 2009, the amount of federal aid available to...
February 21, 2011 - 8:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
Milwaukee's private school voucher program, known as the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP), enrolled slightly fewer students this fall than in the previous year. That makes 2010-2011 the first school year without growth in the program since...
January 25, 2011 - 8:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
A new survey of nearly 400 residents of the Milwaukee, Kinnickinnic, and Menomonee River watersheds shows opinions are mixed on the role of government and the impacts of individual actions on protecting the region’s water resources.The survey,...
December 10, 2010 - 7:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
Most area residents are at least somewhat concerned about increases in energy costs and, accordingly, most say they have taken steps to conserve energy. That’s according to the latest People Speak poll of 395 residents of Southeast Wisconsin, which...

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