Those are some of the findings from a new report highlighting the conditions facing most Milwaukee students — a report that is the first product of an effort aimed at drawing together major players in the city's education, business and nonprofit scenes to work across sectors and improve outcomes for all the city's children.
Known as Milwaukee Succeeds, the organization, housed within the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, releases its first milestone report on Monday.
The milestone report took the organization almost two years to produce, but John Schlifske, co-chair of Milwaukee Succeeds and CEO of Northwestern Mutual Insurance Co., attributes the time to ensuring that the project will be in it for the long haul, not just a quick fix.
"This process is all about incremental, foundational work that will be more sustainable than quick-hit solutions that may not be sustainable," Schlifske said. "We are really trying to solve a bigger issue."