Ali Schwartz

Ali Schwartz

School choice triumph: Report card analysis shows voucher schools out-perform public schools

August 31, 2023

In an opinion piece published today on the website for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, School Choice Wisconsin President Nicholas Kelly highlighted research that showed schools in Wisconsin’s private choice programs delivered exceptional bang for the buck when compared to public schools. The study can be found here. Excerpts from the op-ed are below, and the full piece can be read here. School choice triumph: Report card analysis shows voucher schools out-perform public schools Milwaukee Journal Sentinel August 31, 2023 Education was a big winner of a bipartisan agreement in the recently enacted state budget. Public schools will receive an increase…

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Journeys Lutheran Invests in the Future

August 7, 2023

For 62 years, the school now known as Journeys Lutheran School in Hales Corners has been providing high-quality education for students with learning difficulties. Established by the South Wisconsin District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Journeys has had locations in Milwaukee, Mequon, Glendale, Greendale and Hales Corners over the years, with a number of different names to go along with the different addresses. But while the name, size and location of the school have changed over the years, what hasn’t changed is the school’s commitment to preparing students with unique learning challenges to realize their full educational, social and…

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National Purchasing Partners — A School & Employee Discount Program

August 1, 2023

School Choice Wisconsin and National Purchasing Partners held a webinar on July 26, 2023, about new discounts available through partnership with NPP and SCW. Watch a recording of the webinar to learn about departmental and individual discounts available from national brands, along with other benefits like free access to NPP vendor agreements. You’ll also learn more about NPP, how it works, and how it can save you time and money on products you use every day.   Watch the webinar recording Download webinar materials

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We’ve Got Your Backpack

July 20, 2023

Most students aren’t excited about anything to do with school in the middle of July. But there were lots of smiling faces this weekend at the backpack drive School Choice Wisconsin and Hispanics for School Choice in downtown Milwaukee. As director of outreach for Hispanics for School Choice, I often meet with students and parents in a variety of settings. This last weekend was no different. Hundreds of students and parents visited our booth at the Mercadera Market held at the Deer District. Even Bango, the Milwaukee Bucks’ mascot, got in the action and stopped by to hand out backpacks and school supplies and pose…

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End Of Year WISEdata Training

June 7, 2023

SCW and the DPI Customer Service Team held a Choice schools training session on June 6, 2023. Important WISEdata reporting tasks were reviewed, along with other valuable topics to help you provide accurate end-of-year enrollment and demographic data. Guidance was also provided to help make your new-school-year data collection go smoothly.      Items discussed during the training included:  End-of-year WISEdata reporting tasks   Common error topics, such as:    Exit Dates and Exit Types Completed School Term indicator Credential Types Food Service Program Exit Dates ELP (English Language Proficiency) Scores How to collaborate with your SIS (student information system) vendor  Choice school WISEdash extracts (located…

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K-12 Without Borders: Public School Students, Families, and Teachers Shut in by Education Boundaries

May 5, 2023

The American education system is defined by borders. School district borders shape how students, teachers, and taxpayers experience schools. What effects do these borders have? What would a system with more permeable borders look like? On May 2, 2023, School Choice Wisconsin and EdChoice held a virtual speaking tour featuring EdChoice’s Marty Lueken, Director of Fiscal Research & Education Center, and Mike McShane, Director of National Research, who discussed their recently published report entitled K-12 Without Borders: Public School Students, Families, and Teachers Shut in by Education Boundaries, which examines what a K-12 education system with fewer school district borders…

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WISEdata Spring Demographic Snapshot

April 27, 2023

School Choice Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Instruction held a webinar on April 26, 2023 to provide Choice schools with necessary information on best practices on WISEdata student reporting, and how to prepare for the upcoming Spring Demographic Snapshot on Tuesday May 23, 2023.  The data that is captured in the WISEdata snapshots contributes to Choice schools’ school report cards. We want to support your school in accurate student reporting.   Title: WISEdata Spring Demographic Snapshot Date: April 26, 2023   Watch the recording

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School Choice Wisconsin Welcomes Linda Appleby as Director of Development

January 10, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE School Choice Wisconsin Welcomes Linda Appleby as Director of Development   WEST ALLIS, Wis. (January 10, 2023) – Linda Appleby will join School Choice Wisconsin as Director of Development effective January 16, 2023, according to Nicholas Kelly, SCW President. Appleby has extensive experience in complex fundraising environments, including healthcare, higher education, and religious organizations. She brings a deep commitment to parental choice and has worked actively to expand options and improve educational results in her hometown of Beloit. “Linda brings an entrepreneurial spirit and an innovative approach to fundraising that has produced remarkable results. We were struck…

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School Choice Wisconsin and DPI’s Data Snapshot Prep Webinar

October 27, 2022

School Choice Wisconsin and DPI’s Customer Service Team hosted a webinar on October 26, 2022 to assist your school’s staff in preparing for the upcoming data snapshot on December 6, 2022. You’ll learn about the WISEdata tools used to verify the accuracy of the data that is used to generate school report cards and how to use the WISEdata Portal most efficiently. The data that will be captured in the snapshot will also be reviewed, including 2021-22 Year End Attendance and Completion, 2022–23 Third Friday of September Enrollment, and student demographics.   Title: School Choice Wisconsin and DPI’s Data Snapshot…

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SCW Data Tables

October 17, 2022

MPCP ELA   Proficient & Advanced Choice +/-  MPCP 3rd Grade 12%   MPS 3rd Grade – Low 8% 4% MPS 3rd Grade – Full 11% 1%       MPCP 4th Grade 17%   MPS 4th Grade – Low 10% 7% MPS 4th Grade – Full 14% 3%       MPCP 5th Grade 17%   MPS 5th Grade – Low 10% 7% MPS 5th Grade – Full 14% 3%       MPCP 6th Grade 22%   MPS 6th Grade – Low 11% 11% MPS 6th Grade – Full 15% 7%       MPCP 7th Grade 22%…

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