Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Faculty

The use of vouchers to send students to private schools in Milwaukee does not have much of an impact on the students' academic progress, while charter schools have higher rates of students graduating high school and attending college, two recent studies involving La Follette School professor John Witte find.

Professor emeritus Clara Penniman, founder of the La Follette School's precursor, the Center for the Study of Public Policy and Administration, passed away Friday, January 30, at age 94.

More than 60 alumni and friends of the school joined about 60 students, faculty and staff in celebrating the La Follette School of Public Affairs 25th anniversary on February 5. Alumni caught up with classmates and colleagues. Students chatted with alumni and learned more about the directions a La Follette School degree can lead them. Faculty heard from former students. Recent grads reported that they had recently found jobs or had settled into the positions they started last summer.
Monday, September 28, 2009

Director wins $3 million federal grant

La Follette School director Carolyn Heinrich has won a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to expand her evaluation of federally mandated tutoring programs in public schools.
Monday, September 28, 2009

Book critiques work-based safety net

A book just released by the Russell Sage Foundation reassesses U.S. labor market policies and examines eight areas of the safety net where current policies and institutions should be changed to improve the prospects of low-income families. La Follette School director Carolyn Heinrich edited the book, Making the Work-Based Safety Net Work Better, with University of Wisconsin-Madison economist John Karl Scholz.
Monday, September 28, 2009

Heinrich to lead committee for policy group

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management has elected La Follette School director Carolyn Heinrich chair of its Committee of Institutional Representatives, which looks after the interests of institutional members of the organization.
Monday, September 28, 2009

Weimer gives keynote at forum in Taipei

Dave Weimer delivered the keynote address entitled "The Universal and the Particular in Policy Analysis Training" to the International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum, Taipei, Taiwan, on June 5.
Several La Follette School faculty members and affiliates are featured in a special series examining how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act affects low-income Americans. The series is published by the Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity web site supported by a number of U.S. foundations.
U.S. News and World Report has ranked the La Follette School of Public Affairs 14th among more than 260 U.S. public affairs master's programs, up from 17th in 2004, the last time the survey was conducted.

Given that La Follette School professors often go the extra mile for their students, Melanie Manion's offer to buy student Allison Quatrini lunch was not all that surprising. However, they had lunch in Beijing.

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