Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, 05 August 2010 09:38

Workshop report at work

A 2010 alum reports on the positive effects of one of her cohort's workshop reports, City of Milwaukee: Construction Mitigation Program. She sent along a shot of a "business open" during construction sign perched on a Milwaukee sidewalk.
Friday, 16 April 2010 00:00

Wong connects state, federal government

Strengthening connections between the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the federal government is a large component of 1994 alum Donna Wong's job as a policy analyst.

From suggesting ways to improve food safety to evaluating countries that receive U.S. aid, policy analysis and recommendations by La Follette School students are now on the desks of policymakers across Wisconsin and around the world.

On the Wednesday of finals week, La Follette School students Bo McCready, Ian Ritz, Rocio Sanchez-Moyano, Mike Schultz and Sarah Wainscott found themselves in the middle of a construction zone on Milwaukee's Cesar E. Chavez Drive. There, Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett recognized their La Follette School workshop report and its contributions to a new city program to help businesses affected by road construction.

A Milwaukee Common Council committee grilled three 2009 La Follette School graduates on a public affairs workshop report at a public hearing

The questions "So what? Who cares?" are not evidence of indifference or despondency for student Rocio Sanchez-Moyano. Rather they are a challenge and an impetus to understand the greater implications of her work.

Students in Milwaukee's school voucher program scored at levels similar to their peers enrolled in Milwaukee Public Schools, according to a new study.
Reports on the third-year evaluation of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program will be released in Madison on Wednesday, April 7.

For Melissa Berger, local trumps global. After completing a bachelor's degree in international political science, the La Follette student worked as a real estate agent and grounded herself in Madison and its myriad development and city management processes. "I find I enjoy making a local difference," she says.

After graduating in 1983 from what became the La Follette School of Public Affairs, Kurt Thurmaier spent three years at the Wisconsin state budget office as a budget and management analyst, then headed off to earn a Ph.D. in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

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