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Empirical Studies on School Choice Overwhelmingly Find Positive Effects, Review Shows

MacIver News Service - A review of 100 empirical studies on school choice has shown that the overwhelming majority of studies find positive effects on students, schools, and community culture. Of the 100 studies examined, 87 found positive effects, 10 found no visible effect, and three found a negative effect. Read More »

Upon Further Review, Levine's Complaints about UW Ring Hollow

Special Guest Perspective by UW student Tyler Brandt - "Enough with Scott Walker and the GOP - I'm leaving". That was the sentiment expressed by UW-Madison English chair Caroline Levine in her Cap Times column on May 13th. As a UW-Madison student, I feel compelled to respond. Read More »

As Waukesha Water Plan Moves Forward, Environmentalists Dig in

Special Guest Perspective by James Wigderson - The city of Waukesha received good news when the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body voted to agree with the city's application for access to Lake Michigan water. But despite this and sound environmental reasons to make the request a no-brainer, Waukesha's environmentalist water foes continue to dig in their heels. Read More »

"Fight for $15" Campaign Ignores Impact on Non-Profits

The wage battle is alive and well in Milwaukee. Unfortunately, those demanding "Fight for $15" fail to see the unintended consequences of what they are proposing. Read More »

Rep. Steineke: Keeping WI's Education System Strong Remains Top Priority Next Session

Special Guest Perspective by Assembly Majority Leader Rep. Jim Steineke - Thanks to the dedicated efforts of our teachers, Wisconsin consistently ranks among the top states in the nation by a variety of measures. Assembly leaders have already indicated that K-12 education will be a focus for additional funding in the next state budget. Read More »


Empirical Studies on School Choice Overwhelmingly Find Positive Effects, Review Shows

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 25, 2016 9:03 AM
Empirical Studies on School Choice Overwhelmingly Find Positive Effects, Review Shows

MacIver News Service - A review of 100 empirical studies on school choice has shown that the overwhelming majority of studies find positive effects on students, schools, and community culture. Of the 100 studies examined, 87 found positive effects, 10 found no visible effect, and three found a negative effect. Read More »

Upon Further Review, Levine's Complaints about UW Ring Hollow

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By The MacIver Institute | Posted May 24, 2016 11:26 AM
Upon Further Review, Levine's Complaints about UW Ring Hollow

Special Guest Perspective by UW student Tyler Brandt - "Enough with Scott Walker and the GOP - I'm leaving". That was the sentiment expressed by UW-Madison English chair Caroline Levine in her Cap Times column on May 13th. As a UW-Madison student, I feel compelled to respond. Read More »

As Waukesha Water Plan Moves Forward, Environmentalists Dig in

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 23, 2016 12:05 AM
As Waukesha Water Plan Moves Forward, Environmentalists Dig in

Special Guest Perspective by James Wigderson - The city of Waukesha received good news when the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body voted to agree with the city's application for access to Lake Michigan water. But despite this and sound environmental reasons to make the request a no-brainer, Waukesha's environmentalist water foes continue to dig in their heels. Read More »

"Fight for $15" Campaign Ignores Impact on Non-Profits

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 23, 2016 12:04 AM

The wage battle is alive and well in Milwaukee. Unfortunately, those demanding "Fight for $15" fail to see the unintended consequences of what they are proposing. Read More »

Rep. Steineke: Keeping WI's Education System Strong Remains Top Priority Next Session

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 20, 2016 11:05 AM
Rep. Steineke: Keeping WI's Education System Strong Remains Top Priority Next Session

Special Guest Perspective by Assembly Majority Leader Rep. Jim Steineke - Thanks to the dedicated efforts of our teachers, Wisconsin consistently ranks among the top states in the nation by a variety of measures. Assembly leaders have already indicated that K-12 education will be a focus for additional funding in the next state budget. Read More »

Obama's New Overtime Rule Will be a Disaster for Employers, Employees, and Taxpayers

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 20, 2016 12:05 AM
Obama's New Overtime Rule Will be a Disaster for Employers, Employees, and Taxpayers

President Obama's latest pen-and-phone maneuver more than doubling the threshold for classifying employees as salaried and exempt from overtime will prove disastrous for the very people it purports to help. That's why a broad spectrum of organizations, including the UW System, are urging Congress to step in. It could also potentially cost taxpayers in Wisconsin hundreds of millions of dollars. Read More »

The Future of MPS: Kooyenga and Teachers' Union Clash

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 18, 2016 7:50 PM

MacIver News Service - Representative Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) and Milwaukee Teachers Union Executive Director Lauren Baker clashed over the future of public education in Milwaukee on Tuesday afternoon. Read More »

In the Battle Over MPS, Will Abele and the Milwaukee Teachers' Union Pick What Is Best for Our Children or Their Own Self-Preservation?

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 17, 2016 12:05 AM
In the Battle Over MPS, Will Abele and the Milwaukee Teachers' Union Pick What Is Best for Our Children or Their Own Self-Preservation?

How community leaders could choose the union status quo at MPS over the dreams of our children is mind-blowing. MPS graduates less than 60 percent of students in four years, only a quarter of students are proficient in English, and fewer than 17 percent of students are proficient in math. During the last Badger Exam, a whopping 53 percent of MPS students scored "below basic" on math. Read More »

Walker Open to Renewing Tuition Freeze in Next Budget

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 16, 2016 10:25 AM
Walker Open to Renewing Tuition Freeze in Next Budget

MacIver News Service - Gov. Scott Walker will consider extending the tuition freeze that's been in place for the UW System since 2013 as part of the next state budget. Extending the freeze "makes a lot of sense," he said on Wisconsin talk radio this morning. Read More »

WI Made Right Choice in Declining Medicaid Expansion

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 16, 2016 9:44 AM
WI Made Right Choice in Declining Medicaid Expansion

Rep. Joe Sanfelippo makes the case that Wisconsin did the right thing in rejecting "free" federal money to expand Medicaid. Read More »

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