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2nd Quarter 2020 President’s Message

If a global pandemic that has disproportionately ravaged communities of color and nationwide protests stemming from the murder of George Floyd cannot awaken state and regional policymakers to the need to address metro Milwaukee’s unacceptable disparities, then it is difficult to imagine what would. Of course, the same might have...Read More
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A Teacher Who Looks Like Me

Online supplement highlighting Milwaukee Public Schools and Madison Metropolitan School District Read the full report here Read More
Event Recap


Forum Friday – K12 Digital Divide & School Finance

For the inaugural installment of our new virtual event series, Forum Friday, Wisconsin Policy Forum Senior Education Researcher Anne Chapman and President Rob Henken discussed key findings from our recent research on K-12 schools. These included: how the COVID-19 crisis could affect school finances 2021 Milwaukee and Madison school district...Read More
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School Fund Balances and State Aid

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School Referenda in Wisconsin-Spring 2020 Election Update

In recent years, Wisconsin voters have approved school district spending referenda in record numbers. Results for the spring 2020 vote shows a similar trend and our latest Focus provides updated numbers. This interactive dashboard provides more school referenda figures, including district by district data. The tool below displays statewide and...Read More


Member Survey on 2019 Forum Research Results

Earlier this year, we asked members to complete our annual research survey to help us understand what we’ve been doing well and where we can make improvements. While the 2018 survey informed our strategic planning process, the 2019 results inform our 2020 research agenda and communications. We’ve highlighted some of...Read More


1st Quarter 2020 President’s Message

In a speech in early February to the Milwaukee Rotary Club, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett highlighted the Forum’s dire warnings about the city’s fiscal condition and jokingly referred to me as a “buzzkill.” I didn’t consider that to be an insult, nor did the Mayor intend it to be. Rather,...Read More


News & Updates | 1st Quarter 2020

President’s message We now find our world and our economy upended by the COVID-19 crisis. But long before this crisis started, we warned of the need for state and local governments to plan for unexpected fiscal shocks… continue reading Redoubling our commitment during the COVID-19 crisis As the fight against COVID-19...Read More
Event Recap


Milwaukee Mayoral Candidate Forum

Our previously scheduled in-person event was held online on Monday, March 30. Forum President Rob Henken conducted back-to-back 30-minute live discussions with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and State Senator Lena Taylor. Didn’t get a chance to watch it live? You can watch it below. Note: If the video does not...Read More