The results surprised a few people: Milwaukee Public Schools' per-pupil expenditures are in keeping with the Wisconsin average and with comparable districts across the United States. The findings were published in a report co-authored by 2007 La Follette School alum Vanessa Allen, a researcher with the Public Policy Forum in Milwaukee.
Alumni and friends are sharing their insights with students on the tools and skills needed to administer people and other resources. Faculty teaching public management this spring organized two classroom panel discussions, one featuring recent grads, the other senior managers.
The house that the La Follette School calls home was overflowing. Well-dressed students waited patiently in the hallways while 11 alumni and friends of the school settled in to conduct a series of mock interviews with the 43 students.
When La Follette School alum Craig Knutson took a position as assistant to the county administrator in 1979, he had no idea that 35 years later he'd be looking back on a lifelong career serving residents of Rock County in southern Wisconsin.
The critical thinking skills George Rindelaub learned at what is now the La Follette School helped his Minnesota county reduce its jail population. The 1981 alum's ability to approach problems creatively won him recognition from the Minnesota Association of County Administrator.