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ERIC Number: ED504493
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 79
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Public Education in Milwaukee: A Survey of Public Opinion
Public Policy Forum
Telephone interviews were conducted in May-June 2006 with 900 adult residents of the City of Milwaukee, which is contiguous with the Milwaukee public school district. Respondents were representative of the general adult population of the school district with respect to race, gender, education, income and geography. The goal in conducting the survey was to gain an understanding of the knowledge, opinions and attitudes toward Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) by adult residents of the district. The survey included questions about the respondents themselves to control for possible differences in knowledge and opinion based on their own backgrounds. Findings offer insights as the Milwaukee community plans future educational policy: most people, both parents and nonparents, want Milwaukee Public Schools to provide more services that have not traditionally been identified as responsibilities of the school system, including violence prevention, adult mentors for children, before and after school programs, employment counseling, nursing/social work services, housing assistance for poor families and measures to reduce poverty. Other findings include: Perception gaps between those with children in MPS and those without children or with children in schools other than MPS; High levels of satisfactions; Race and income gaps; Funding shortfalls; Externalities as perceived MPS problems; Confidence in schools and school leaders; and Perceived student preparation. Three appendixes are included: (1) Survey Methods; (2) Survey Questionnaire; and (3) Detailed Survey Results. (Contains 25 charts and 4 tables.)
Public Policy Forum. 633 West Wisconsin Avenue Suite 406, Milwaukee, WI 53203. Tel: 414-276-8240; Fax: 414-276-9962; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Policy Forum, Inc., Milwaukee, WI.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin