Anneliese Dickman's Blogs

July 24, 2009 - 8:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
Survey results released today by the Public Policy Forum conclude that MPS Kindergarten teachers feel high quality early childhood education can have positive impacts on school readiness and academic performance. The survey is part of the Forum's...
July 17, 2009 - 12:30pm
By: Anneliese Dickman
A new federal study of standardized test scores finds Wisconsin has the most persistent achievement gap in the nation between African-American and white students. This story received prominent play in the New York Times on Tuesday, but was covered...
July 7, 2009 - 8:55am
By: Anneliese Dickman
Tax incremental financing (TIF) is the most widely used economic development tool of local governments in Wisconsin. TIF uses future property tax revenue to provide up-front assistance for real estate developments. Notable projects such as Grand...
June 30, 2009 - 10:08am
By: Anneliese Dickman
The Forum's latest report, on the need for science and math skills in the state's future workforce (which was reported in Sunday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and followed-up with an editorial today) highlights opportunities for the state to...
June 29, 2009 - 7:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
The Public Policy Forum's latest report, released today, finds that of the 10 career clusters predicted to grow the most over the next five years, seven include occupations requiring strong backgrounds in science, math, technology, or engineering (...
June 26, 2009 - 9:29am
By: Anneliese Dickman
In a bid to solve some of the city's budget woes, a proposal was floated last fall to privatize the city water works. Opponents of the idea noted that privatization would likely mean higher costs to water users, which in turn caused the common...
June 19, 2009 - 8:00am
By: Anneliese Dickman
Governor Doyle's third attempt to include a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) for child care made it through the joint finance committee this time around, but appears not to be included in the Assembly and Senate versions of the budget...
June 11, 2009 - 8:22am
By: Anneliese Dickman
The City of Baltimore has filed a federal lawsuit against Wells Fargo bank, alleging that the bank pushed high-interest subprime mortgages on homebuyers, and deliberately did so more often to African-American borrowers than to whites.Baltimore is...
April 29, 2009 - 8:10am
By: Anneliese Dickman
Governor Doyle's proposal to reduce the state corrections budget by allowing for early release of some inmates has been controversial, with some law enforcement officials concerned about the message early release sends to would-be criminals, while...
April 14, 2009 - 11:35am
By: Anneliese Dickman
Many hoped that the long-awaited audit of MPS finances and operations, which was released last week, would provide step-by-step instructions for fixing the looming MPS budget imbalance, not to mention improving student achievement. Instead, the...

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