Anne Chapman's Blogs

June 9, 2017 - 8:00am
By: Anne Chapman
Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), the City of Milwaukee, and Milwaukee County all confront a common challenge. They are squeezed by both revenue and expenditure constraints – forces like stagnant state aids, limited tax-base growth, health care and...
May 24, 2017 - 9:36am
By: Anne Chapman
School district budget season is here. And with it, no shortage of debate on how to invest scarce resources to give students in Greater Milwaukee the best possible education money can buy. Of the factors driving how well young people are prepared...
November 1, 2016 - 8:00am
By: Anne Chapman
In an election year as historic as this one, debate naturally zeroes in on the role of government – to address individual needs, solve community problems, or even effect change beyond our country’s borders. Here in Milwaukee, much of the local news...
July 5, 2016 - 9:00am
By: Anne Chapman
Milwaukee’s cultural landscape looms especially large this summer. At both large- and small-scales – from Summerfest’s spotlight on local music and the new Bucks Arena groundbreaking to a recent vibrant spread of color and ideas on neighborhood...
April 15, 2016 - 8:45am
By: Anne Chapman
Every Child is an Artist (released in April 2014) documented the success factors of community-driven arts education models in other cities, captured a snapshot of the state of arts education in Milwaukee, and pointed out where Milwaukee is strong in...
August 14, 2015 - 8:00am
By: Anne Chapman
Recent deliberations over the prospect of a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks have brought up some soul-searching questions for Greater Milwaukee of late. What cultural, social, and economic assets do we need to be a thriving, "major league" metro...
February 23, 2015 - 4:17pm
By: Anne Chapman
New developments in the debates about a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks  and a downtown streetcar have reinvigorated public discussions about whether public monies should pay for capital investments in cultural and economic development assets...
April 25, 2014 - 7:45am
By: Anne Chapman
Milwaukee has no shortage of hot topics surrounding K-12 education – in what form it should take place (public, charter, or voucher schools), what should be taught, how to narrow achievement gaps, and how to hold schools and school districts...
June 7, 2013 - 7:50am
By: Anne Chapman
With the biennial budget process in full swing, Wisconsinites of all political colors are debating policy priorities and how to divide up resources to address them. Because it receives the largest budget appropriation of any single program, K-12...
November 8, 2012 - 8:00am
By: Anne Chapman
Across the state, school accountability has been a hot topic in recent weeks, including the first release of individual school report cards in late October, which sparked lively public discussion about how to effectively measure and improve school...