ChartSmart: Focus on Milwaukee and School Choice

In our final K-12 edition of ChartSmart, a focus on Milwaukee and school choice in Wisconsin

July 7, 2017

Welcome back to ChartSmart! After examining funding levels for the Department of Public Instruction over time and diving into student achievement and outcomes, today we hone in on Milwaukee and the school choice programs.

As the state’s biggest and most troubled school district, MPS deserves a bit of special attention. Just 58 percent of MPS students graduate high school in four years – over 30 percent lower than the statewide average. When they do graduate, many students require remedial education upon entering the UW System. However, programs such as open enrollment and the state’s school choice programs allow students and parents options outside the traditional system.

Without further ado, let’s dive in.