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

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 31, 2016 2:45 PM
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 »

High School Seniors Scored Lower in Math, Stagnant in Reading Compared to 2013, National Study Finds

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 5, 2016 2:50 PM
High School Seniors Scored Lower in Math, Stagnant in Reading Compared to 2013, National Study Finds

High school seniors across the country are scoring worse at math and not improving at reading, a new report by the National Assessment of Educational Progress shows. The data also shows students in private Catholic schools outperformed their public school peers. The new dataset draws from the test results of 31,900 high school seniors who took the exam in 2015. Read More »

Wisconsin Graduation Rate Declines, Achievement Gap Worsens

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted May 5, 2016 2:46 PM
Wisconsin Graduation Rate Declines, Achievement Gap Worsens

New data from the state Department of Public Instruction shows a slight dip in the four-year graduation rate of Wisconsin high schoolers, the first decline since 2010. The data also shows a widening of the achievement gap between white and African American students, a persistent problem for Wisconsin, which led the nation in that troubling statistic. Read More »

17-Year-Olds in Adult Court: Is There a Better Alternative for Wisconsin's Youth and Taxpayers?

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By The MacIver Institute | Posted March 1, 2016 12:15 PM
17-Year-Olds in Adult Court: Is There a Better Alternative for Wisconsin's Youth and Taxpayers?

In Wisconsin, 17-year-olds are three times more likely to return to prison if they originally go through the adult system rather than the juvenile system. As taxpayer advocates, we must question whether continually spending more money on a government program without analyzing the effectiveness or outcomes is a fiscally prudent or a just policy. Read More »

Act 10 Saves Wisconsin Taxpayers More Than $5 Billion Over 5 Years, MacIver Analysis Finds

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By The MacIver Institute | Posted February 25, 2016 9:51 AM
Act 10 Saves Wisconsin Taxpayers More Than $5 Billion Over 5 Years, MacIver Analysis Finds

Press Release - Five years ago, Gov. Walker and the Republican legislature started their odyssey that resulted in the signing of Act 10, a milestone law that has saved Wisconsin taxpayers $5.24 billion, according to a new analysis by the MacIver Institute. Read More »

School Districts Skim Millions from Local Taxpayers, Some Blame School Choice

0 Comments | By The MacIver Institute | Posted February 25, 2016 8:05 AM
School Districts Skim Millions from Local Taxpayers, Some Blame School Choice

More than 100 school districts were able to skim money from their local property taxpayers using a questionable calculation in the state's school choice program. This exemption from state-imposed revenue limits allowed districts to raise taxes millions in total beyond what they lost to choice schools, all while some blamed the choice program for the unnecessarily high tax levies. Read More »

Report Casts More Doubt on EPA's Clean Power Plan

0 Comments | By The MacIver Institute | Posted January 25, 2016 5:00 AM
Report Casts More Doubt on EPA's Clean Power Plan

The Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century recently released a report detailing the flaws used to arrive at the states' emissions standards soon to be required by the EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP). Read More »

Be Careful What You Wish For: The Siren Song of "Free" Federal Money

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted January 22, 2016 3:53 PM
Be Careful What You Wish For: The Siren Song of

State and local governments in Wisconsin raise taxes and fees by $1.34 for each dollar they accept from the federal government, a recent study found. Read More »

A Citizen's Guide to the Wisconsin State Budget

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By The MacIver Institute | Posted April 8, 2015 4:00 AM
A Citizen's Guide to the Wisconsin State Budget

Every inch of Walker's proposal will get scrutinized during the process, and by the time it gets back to his desk, the bill will likely look different than it does now. But, before JFC starts making changes, we put together this short synopsis of the 600-page document. Read More »

The Economic Effects of the New EPA Rules on the State of Wisconsin

0 Comments | Posted in Research | By The MacIver Institute | Posted January 27, 2015 3:00 AM
The Economic Effects of the New EPA Rules on the State of Wisconsin

A Report by The Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University and The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy - New electricity regulations being proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would have devastating effects on the U.S. economy, but would be even more detrimental to Wisconsin's families and businesses. Read More »

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