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The Wisconsin Policy Forum is a nonpartisan, independent statewide policy research organization with offices in Milwaukee and Madison. Our mission is to provide informed, nonpartisan analysis of critical policy issues affecting local governments, school districts, and the state of Wisconsin. Our research and facilitation activities encourage elected officials and community leaders to find effective, data-driven solutions to pressing policy challenges, and promote productive discussion among the public and private sectors.

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Viewpoint Luncheon – March 2019

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Italian Conference Center
631 E Chicago St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

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2019 Salute to Local Government

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Italian Conference Center
Milwaukee, WI
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School DataTool

Examining and comparing Wisconsin school districts

February 2019


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