ON-Lion Letter
High-school graduation rates in Milwaukee have risen steadily since 2003, with students in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) more likely to receive diplomas than students in the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), according to a January report by University of Minnesota professor John Robert Warren for School Choice Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Based on seven years of data, Warren estimates that the graduation rate for students in Milwaukee's choice program was about 18% higher than for students in MPS.  Had MPS achieved the same graduation rate as students in the MPCP, an additional 3,939 Milwaukee students would have graduated from 2003 to 2009. 

Based on findings in separate research reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the annual impact from these additional graduates would have been about $4.2 million in extra tax revenue and $24.9 million in additional personal income.

Warren's research shows a general pattern of growth in Milwaukee graduation rates.  From 2003 to 2009, the MPS rate grew from 49% to 70%.  For the MPCP, the rate grew from 63% to 82%.

Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation substantially supports School Choice Wisconsin.
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