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.

Connect with us on Facebook!

Our Facebook page is our most frequently updated hub for sharing breaking news, action opportunities and information related to public schools.

Network Partners Map

See who we're partnered with across the state.

Summer Summit Center

Our Summer Summit is Wisconsin's public education event of the year! Click here to learn more about our past and upcoming annual Summits. Our 6th Annual Summer Summit will be held July 24, 2020 at Sun Prairie High School!

Wisconsin Public Education News, Events & Actions

See all previous blog posts at http://www.wisconsinnetwork.org/blog

Key Actions to Support Our Public Schools through Covid-19

Wisconsin’s kids still need our advocacy NOW to protect their schools from Covid-19-related cuts. The HEROES Act is facing obstacles in the U.S. Senate, and our kids need much more federal aid than they’re being offered. National education advocates have made it clear all spring that public schools will need a federal relief package...

Wisconsin Covid-19 School Stories Recap: Actions and Next Steps

Educators, experts, and advocates painted an inspiring and urgent picture of public education in Covid-19. Here’s what we need to do now. Last week’s Virtual Town Hall was a total success thanks to everyone who participated—from the amazing panelists and presenters to the hundreds of listeners across the state. The stories we heard about...

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week 2020 in Review

Even in the middle of a global pandemic, folks across the state came together to show educators how much they care. It was certainly one of the strangest Teacher and Staff Appreciation Weeks we’ve ever had. But not even Covid-19 was able to keep kids, families, colleagues and community members from showing their support...

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) nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. 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 the public schools have the resources and support they need so every child at every public school has equal access and opportunity to learn and succeed in the classroom and beyond. Our public schools are the heart of our communities, and a thriving democracy depends on their success.

Click here to see our 2019 Annual Report.

We support strong public schools that provide excellent education for all students. We work together to share information, ideas, and actions that help us take local level action that has a statewide impact to benefit children.

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
2020 Board of Directors

Julie Underwood, President
Jenni Hofschulte, Vice President
Jill Gaskell, Secretary
Ronald "Duff" Martin, Treasurer
Tom Beebe
Marcia Engen
Chris Hambuch-Boyle
Chris Heller
Joanne Juhnke
Christina Kintop
Ellen Lindgren
Julie Mead
Matt Michaelsen
Bruce Quinton
Corinda Rainey-Moore
Jim Shaw
Christopher J. Thiel
Michael Walsh
Sandy Whisler

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

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