STUDENT PROFICIENCY

STUDENT PROFICIENCY

For all of the conversation around education, student proficiency and academic outcomes can often take a back seat. Worse, the conversation can be shrouded in myths and bad data. WILL has authored the Apples to Apples report to provide true comparisons about academic...
VACANT SCHOOLS

VACANT SCHOOLS

The City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) have spent years trying to keep vacant and underutilized school buildings from being sold to Milwaukee’s charter schools or private schools.  WILL has been involved in documenting the vacant and...
EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA)

EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the newest federal law on K-12 education, replacing No Child Left Behind. ESSA gives states more power – in exchange for federal funds – to set education policy. To comply with ESSA, Wisconsin must implement its state plan,...
ACT 10 AND PUBLIC UNIONS

ACT 10 AND PUBLIC UNIONS

For the better part of the last decade, no piece of legislation has loomed larger in public policy debates in Wisconsin than Act 10, the collective bargaining reform law passed in 2011. The controversial budget repair bill, introduced by Governor Scott Walker in the...
SCHOOL DISCIPLINE

SCHOOL DISCIPLINE

During the Obama administration, the federal Department of Education began an unprecedented intervention into America’s classrooms. Federal bureaucrats issued guidance to, and threatened investigation of, state and local school officials to force changes in...
K-12 FINANCE

K-12 FINANCE

Current school funding is a complex combination of state, local and federal aid. Funding in districts is largely based on antiquated revenue limits that have cemented in place funding gaps for 25 years. Students are worth more, or less, depending on where they happen...