La Follette School Assistant Professor Lauren Schmitz is a 2022-23 winner of the Vilas Associates Competition. The award funds important new and ongoing UW-Madison research.
Legislators and early care and education stakeholders from across the state participated in the 40th Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar, the La Follette School’s signature event for the State Legislature, on February 8.
“During COVID I had a lot of time to reflect on the importance of public policy and was inspired to get involved to make a larger impact on society.”
I spent a year working at a rural homeless shelter in Colorado. This experience sparked my desire to work in policy, specifically housing and welfare policy. I am hoping to use my MPA to help make housing more accessible for everyone.
The Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship (FLAS) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to help students gain deeper knowledge of international languages and cultures. The program provides generous funding, including full tuition and fee reimbursement and a $15,000 stipend.
Experts discussed data on child care access and availability in Wisconsin and the effects high teacher turnover rates have on children. They presented possible policy solutions to stabilize and grow the early care and education workforce in Wisconsin.
This paper traces the development of school finance policies in Wisconsin and highlights deficiencies in state aid policies and the reliance on untargeted property tax relief as among the chief reasons why Wisconsin has failed to solve its property tax-school funding dilemma.
I am a research assistant at the Institute for Research on Poverty. Through that work, I have gained qualitative and quantitative research experience, examining how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted child support practice and family outcomes in Wisconsin.
“We performed a cost-benefit analysis on lead pipe replacement throughout the city to minimize negative health effects.”
As far back as I can remember, I have always been fascinated with how and why organizations make the decisions they do. As an undergraduate student government leader, I worked extensively within my university’s shared governance process.