On April 26, the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education
(WISCAPE) and the Madison Region Economic Partnership
(MadREP) hosted a forum
on the future of K-16 education in Wisconsin at the Hilton Garden Inn in Middleton.
The forum convened 48 individuals, including a wide range of K-12, postsecondary, business, and community leaders and practitioners, to identify and prioritize the most significant challenges confronting Wisconsin’s K-16 landscape.
WISCAPE and MadREP have now released a report from the forum that summarizes the challenges and recommendations identified by participants at the forum and in a follow-up survey. Challenges identified include a lack of funding at all levels; teacher training, recruitment, and retention; a misalignment between education and workforce needs; and persistent inequality and achievement gaps among different racial and economic groups.
Participants also offered recommendations for improving college access and success for low-income, first generation, and other underrepresented students, and they evaluated a number of ways for K-12 districts, public and private two- and four-year colleges and universities, and businesses to work collaboratively to improve education in Wisconsin.
Read the Summary Report from the forum.