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Todd A. Berry or Katherine Lindsay
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Participation Grows in Public School Options

Program Size and Financial Impact Vary Throughout State

March 28, 2013

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MADISON—In 2012, more than 125,000 students participated in one of Wisconsin’s five school option programs. A new study from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) shows very different participation rates in Milwaukee compared to the rest of the state, due largely to more options available there. According to WISTAX, only 31% of Milwaukee students attended a traditional local public school in 2012, while 81% of students elsewhere did. The new study, "School Options in Wisconsin: Participation and Finance," also highlights the varied approaches Wisconsin takes to funding the many options. WISTAX is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to public policy research and citizen education.

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Dale J. Knapp or Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

School Finance to be a Budget Sticking Point?

Declining-Revenue Schools More Prevalent in Republican Senate Districts

March 20, 2013

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MADISON—According to various reports, some Republican senators are taking a second look at Governor Scott Walker’s (R) K-12 school proposals, particularly those related to school finance. The move may be partly explained by political geography, according to a new Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) analysis. Of 424 school districts, 49 had lower revenues in 2013 than in 2003, and two-thirds of those are in Republican senate districts. WISTAX is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to policy research and citizen education.

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Todd A. Berry or Katherine Lindsay
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Spring Elections: The Candidates In Their Own Words

WISTAX Releases Candidate Information

March 15, 2013

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MADISON—On Tuesday, April 2, Wisconsin voters will elect a State Superintendent of Public Instruction and a Supreme Court Justice. In the nonpartisan contests, voters will choose between current superintendent Tony Evers and state representative Don Pridemore, and between Justice Pat Roggensack and Marquette law professor Ed Fallone.

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Dale J. Knapp or Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

WISTAX Jobs Research: Focus Misplaced?

Long-Term Economic, Demographic Trends Matter

February 4, 2013

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MADISON—Recent partisan give-and-take on job growth in Wisconsin has centered largely on short-term changes in jobs numbers. But new research from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) suggests this emphasis is misplaced, as it ignores more fundamental trends affecting the state’s ability to grow jobs.

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Dale J. Knapp or Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

WISTAX Jobs Research: Focus Misplaced?

Long-Term Economic, Demographic Trends Matter

February 4, 2013

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MADISON—Recent partisan give-and-take on job growth in Wisconsin has centered largely on short-term changes in jobs numbers. But new research from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) suggests this emphasis is misplaced, as it ignores more fundamental trends affecting the state’s ability to grow jobs.

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