Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: State

After 10 years as a program analyst, admissions counselor and director of institutional research, 2005 alum Natalie Walleser Solverson describes herself as a storyteller.

A report by La Follette School students advises the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on how best to assess the state’s new Educator Effectiveness System, a program to evaluate public school teachers’ job performance.

Grant Sim has a career that is exactly in the field he wanted: policy analysis and public administration in the field of education.

2003 alum Lisa Ellinger, insurance administrator for the state of Wisconsin's Department of Employee Trust Funds, comments in a Wisconsin State Journal article about a proposal for the state to self-insure state employees.

A new analysis by La Follette School students identifies factors associated with the risk of homeless among young adults exiting Wisconsin’s foster care system.

While Howard Mandeville was waiting for a meeting to start, he saw a woman he knew come into the lobby to let someone into her condo building. The significance would be lost on most people, but for Mandeville, a 1986 alum, the act summed up the social changes he has helped to forge throughout his career assisting people with disabilities to live independently in the community.

Corey Palmer-Rehorst has a pretty good idea of what the world will look like in 2025. As an associate consultant at Euromonitor International in Chicago, the 2008 alum was the global manager of a project that looked at how different government and business actions could contribute or hinder the pace and breadth of technological and economic advancement.

Observers of U.S. politics and policymaking may often wonder about the roots the partisanship and contention that flare up. Dennis Dresang suggests in the spring La Follette Policy Report that the nation's practice of federalism, the arrangement by which the federal government shares the power to govern with the states, leads to many U.S. policy disputes.

No one knows better than 2000 alum Beth Kohler how busy the world of Medicaid is.

A cost-benefit analysis by La Follette School students was mentioned by Wisconsin Government Accountability Board executive director Kevin Kennedy. In an April 13 WKOW televisioin interview, Kennedy said the analysis showed that about $1 million would be saved, mostly at the local level, if the state of Wisconsin established online voter registration. Watch the interview
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