Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, November 23, 2009

Education speaker draws media attention

Brown University professor Kenneth Wong's perspective on mayoral control of the Milwaukee Public Schools garnered media coverage in the days after his November presentations in Madison and Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel summarized Wong's viewpoint: "Mayoral control, he said, eliminates the 'nobody's in charge culture' that leads to many school systems just keeping on doing things the way they've been done, even though they aren't succeeding overall. With a clear point of power, there is clear accountability and motivation to make needed changes, he said."

Kenneth Wong

Wong spoke on "Rethinking Local School Governance: Tensions and Strategies" at the La Follette School Seminar and again as part of a reception for alumni and friends of the school in Milwaukee on November 16. He gave a second talk, "Resource Allocation and Performance Management in Charter Schools of Education Management Organizations: Discussion on Work in Progress," on November 17 at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

Wong appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio's "Here and Now," and he participated in a November 17 briefing on education reform and mayoral governance at the Wisconsin Capitol.

Wong, a professor of public policy, education and political science, has researched and written on urban school issues for the 10 years. He is the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Chair for Education Policy and director of the Urban Education Policy Program at Brown University. Wong has written or edited several books on successful schools and education accountability and performance, including the 2007 book The Education Mayor: Improving America's Schools.

Now is the time to overhaul MPS, researcher says, November 21, 2009, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Here and Now: Wong explores mayoral control of schools, November 20, 2009, "Here and Now," Wisconsin Public Television

Briefing on Education Reform and Mayoral Governance, November 17, 2009, WisconsinEye