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Milwaukee Public Schools' Fiscal Condition: Passing the Test, But Making the Grade?

This report is an independent assessment of MPS’ financial condition. To our knowledge, this is the first comprehensive study of MPS’ fiscal structure and condition since a March 2007 report by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, entitled Challenges Today and Tomorrow. In addition, a 2009 report by McKinsey and Company, entitled Towards a Stronger Milwaukee Public Schools, examined the district’s non-instructional costs and opportunities for greater operational efficiency. This is the fifth report in a series of local government fiscal analyses conducted by the Forum. It follows assessments on Milwaukee County (March 2009), the City of Milwaukee (September 2009), Milwaukee Area Technical College (September 2010), and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (June 2011).

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