Who We Are

We are an informal, non-partisan alliance of parents, educators, board members, administrators, schools districts, and groups all over the state.

We are committed to the public schools that ensure every child at every school has equal opportunity to learn and succeed in the classroom and beyond.

We work together to share information, ideas, and actions that help us get better at the state and local level in meeting these goals.

Our partners don't always agree on every issue or policy, but our common ground is always rooted in our deep commitment to the success of every student in every school.

What We Do

We can help you get started

Contact our office and let us know what you'd like to do. We can point you toward resources, people, or other groups working on the same issue.

Public Education 101

Are you wondering how the state budgets or policies will impact local funding? Need to explain choice options? Get informed about what all these terms mean, specifically for Wisconsin.

Advocacy Toolkits

We have advocacy toolkits that can help you talk to community constituents, like parents, leaders, or policy makers.

Find us on Facebook!

Our Facebook page is about sharing photos and articles related to public schools.

Network Partners Map

See who we're partnered with across the state.

Summer Summit Center

Click here to learn more about our past and upcoming annual events. Our 4th Annual Summer Summit will be held August 1, 2018 at Appleton North High School.

Wisconsin Public Education News, Events & Actions

Blue Ribbon Commission Testimonials

We went to EVERY SINGLE Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding Hearing and we LISTENED. We broke down the testimony into many “buckets” of issues. The main buckets that were identified were: Children’s needs, Teacher Crisis, Fixing the Funding Formula and Truth in Budgeting. WPEN has a short handout describing the importance of each...

#VOTEPUBLIC: US Senate & Congressional Candidate Survey Results

Wisconsin voters want to know where candidates stand on the issues that matter to them! Our strategy team developed questions based on the issues most important to supporters of strong public schools, and invited all candidates for US Senate and Congress to respond. See the full results below or click here for a pdf....

#VotePublic Week of Action: Oct 1-6, 2018

#VotePublic statewide Week of Action is Oct. 1-6, 2018! We call on all local teams, districts, and organizations to coordinate actions and help us amplify them during this week. Whether you’re holding a forum or writing postcards, sharing candidate information or getting to know where candidates stand, you can be part of this week of...

What advocates are saying

Our local advocacy group values the resources Wisconsin Public Education Network offers us and other organizations throughout the state. We are stronger together.

CAROL LENZ

Fox Cities Advocates for Public Education, Appleton
As public education in Wisconsin has endured eight years of marginalization, grassroots groups from school districts, institutions, and advocacy groups have sprung into action to defend public schools. Wisconsin Public Education Network provides a collaborative platform for these groups to coordinate and communicate about ideas that will help public schools stay vital.

BRAD SCHNEIDER

Wisconsin Music Educators Association
Our public schools give depth and meaning to students, families, and communities. Starving our schools through revenue manipulations makes us less as a people and society. That’s why I fully support and endorse the mission and activities of the Wisconsin Public Education Network.

ROGER SPRINGMAN

Stoughton Action Coalition
America was born during the Enlightenment. The Enlightenment was a bright spot in the history of civilization. Privatization of American public education would bring death to the Enlightenment, Democracy and civilization for much of America, and bring a new dark age. I support Wisconsin Public Education network to keep hope alive for all future generations in America.

DWAYNE BLOCK

retired teacher, Oconomowoc

Network Partners Map

Find an advocacy team in your region! Zoom in and out to see more groups. Click on a heart to get more details about each group and links.
Get on the map! Email your group's name, contact info, and website/facebook/social media links to our network coordinator and get connected in your community and beyond!

ABOUT

The Wisconsin Public Education Coalition is the hub for education advocacy in Wisconsin.
We are a project of the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools (WAES), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our work is supported by the voluntary contributions of our partners around the state.

We are an informal, non-partisan alliance of parents, educators, board members, administrators, schools districts, and groups all over the state who are committed to ensuring that the public schools that are the hearts of our communities have the resources they need to ensure every child at every school has equal opportunity to learn and succeed in the classroom and beyond.

We support strong public schools that provide excellent education for all students. We work together to share information, ideas, and actions that help us get better at the state and local level in meeting these goals.

Our partners don't always agree on every issue or policy, but our common ground is always rooted in our deep commitment to the success of every student in every school.

Info

Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools
Board of Directors

Julie Underwood, President
Jenni Hofschulte, Vice President
Jill Gaskell, Secretary
Ronald "Duff" Martin, Treasurer
Lauren Baker
Tom Beebe
Marcia Engen
Paula Fernandez
Jerry Fiene
Chris Heller
Mary Jarvis
Joanne Juhnke
Ellen Lindgren
Julie Mead
Matt Michaelsen
David Polashek
Bruce Quinton
Christopher J. Thiel
Sandy Whisler
Christina Kintop
Corinda Rainey-Moore

Wisconsin Public Education Network Staff
Heather DuBois Bourenane, Executive Director
Amelia Berendt, intern

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