Wisconsin Public Education Network Event & Action Calendar

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The events below are listed in chronological order from the bottom. If you have an event you’d like to add to the calendar, please contact us. We publish events hosted or sponsored by our Network partners, and events of general interest to supporters of strong public schools.
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Wisconsin Public Education Network Events & Actions:

  • Logo Display August 1, 4th Annual Wisconsin Public Education Network Summer Summit, Appleton North High School
  • Logo Display May 11, Wisconsin Public Education Network meeting, Milwaukee (hosted by Parents for Public Schools-Milwaukee)
  • April 26, Public Education and Privatization Forum, hosted by the Manitowoc League of Women Voters (details to follow)
  • Logo Display April 13, Wisconsin Public Education Network meeting, Green Bay (hosted by the Green Bay League of Women Voters)
  • Logo Display March 16, Wisconsin Public Education Network meeting, location tba (please let us know if you want to host!)
  • Logo Display Feb. 12, Wisconsin Public Education Network meeting and I Love My Public Schools week kickoff event, hosted by CAPE Middleton, 12:30-2:30, Middleton Public Library
  •  Logo Display MY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WEEK, February 12-16 Stayed tuned for action events for this week.
  • Logo Display WPEN Partner Meeting, January 12th. 1 pm – 3 pm, Kaukauna Public Library. Please RSVP here. Followed by the first Summer Summit Planning Meeting.
  • Jan. 11, hearing on “Teacher Protection Act” – a bill uniformly opposed by WPEN partners and public education advocates. Testify in person Thu. Jan. 11, 9:00 AM North Hearing Room (2nd Floor North) (testimony will likely be limited to 2 minutes) or via email by sending written testimony or a statement of opposition to Rep.OttJ@legis.wisconsin.gov as well as to your own legislators. Find your legislators’ contact information at http://legis.wisconsin.gov. A press conference organized by Disability Rights Wisconsin begins at 8:30 am.  Please join them by 8:15 in 415 NW to participate. All are welcome.
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  • Logo Display WPEN Partner Meeting, December 15th. 2 pm – 4 pm, followed by Winter Social. [Cancelled]
  • Logo Display WPEN Partner Meeting, November 10th. 10 am – 12 pm, WEAC Builidng  33 Nob Hill Rd, Madison, WI 53713
  • 2017 Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance Conference, Oct. 30-31, Wisconsin Dells: “Rural Schools– The Heart and Soul of Wisconsin” 2017 WiRSA Conference info
  • FIRST ANNUAL WAUSAU GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL,  Saturday October 7, 2017, Registration 8:00 / Event 9:30, Wausau Labor Temple
    318 S 3rd Ave. – Wausau, WI. Features panel, WPEN Smart Education, with Jeff Leverich and David Gorski.
  • Crisis in Wisconsin’s K-12 Education Funding. Capitol Lakes Grand Hall 333 West Main Street Madison, WI, 53703

      How can Dane County communities deal with declining financial support, changing demographics, and attacks on the concept of public education?

      Jeff Pertl, Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Public Instruction, and District 17 Supervisor, Dane County Board

      Julie Mead, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, UW–Madison

      Heather DuBois Bourenane, Executive Director, Wisconsin Public Education Network

    • ThiLogo Displayrd Annual Wisconsin Public Education Network SUMMER SUMMIT
      Wed. August 9, Lake Mills High School – click here to register and learn more!  Full day of panel and workshop presentations, networking with advocates from around the state, and featuring the Wisconsin Premiere of “Backpack Full of Cash.” 
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    • Logo DisplayTraining opportunity! July 27-29, Wausau: Wisconsin Leadership Development Project training. This 2.5 day workshop has provided invaluable training and networking opportunities to over 75 Wisconsin Public Education Network partners and grassroots team members around the state. The focus on relationship-based organizing, telling your own story in a way that show others why you do the work you do, and focused strategies for organizing teams and local level actions has been a great help to us as we continue to work to support local schools. Click here to register by July 5: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc1Qx6_5q7_b0theEj6t1xRvj1j_lRPOWpb7-NvWWz-bk53ug/viewform?c=0&w=1
    • June 20: School Choice, Politics, and Money. Sponsored by NAACP-Milwaukee, Women Informed, and Schools & Communities United. 2745 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. 6-8pm.  More here
    • DPI to hold six public listening sessions on ESSA plan in June:
      • June 12, 8 to 10 a.m. — CESA 1, N25 W23131 Paul Road, Suite 100, Pewaukee;
      • June 15, 9 to 11 a.m. — CESA 9, 304 Kaphaem Road, Tomahawk;
      • June 16, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. — CESA 6 Conference Center, 2300 State Road 44, Oshkosh;
      • June 19, 1 to 3 p.m. — CESA 4, 923 East Garland Street, West Salem;
      • June 19, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Milwaukee Public Schools Central Services, 5225 West Vliet Street, Room 206-208, Milwaukee; and
      • June 27, 1 to 3 p.m. — Lussier Community Education Center, 55 South Gammon Road, Community Room, Madison.
    • Tuesday, May 16, 6:00pm. South Milwaukee Forum on the Impact of Private School Vouchers. Presenters will include representatives of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the School District of South Milwaukee, and the Wisconsin State Legislature. South Milwaukee High School, 801-15 th Ave., South Milwaukee. Contact: Guy Costello / 608-395- 1914
    • Sat. May 13, 1-3 pm. Merrill. School Voucher Information Presentation. As a result of education reforms coming out of the state legislature in Madison, Wisconsin taxpayers are now footing a bill of more than $248 million for school vouchers for the 2016-2017 annual school year.  Currently, more than 59,000 children receive vouchers to attend independent charter schools, privately-run/for-profit schools, or, religious schools. (In contrast, approximately 90% of K-12 students attend public schools.) To learn how school vouchers impact public school children, your local property taxes, and, the community’s ability to effectively manage and control their own school district, the public is invited to attend an informational meeting sponsored by the League of Women Voters in partnership with The No Vouchers Coalition. This event will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 1:00-3:00pm at T.B. Scott Public Library (in the Community Room) in Merrill. Guest Speaker will be Representative Sondy Pope, who serves on the legislature’s Education Committee and as Vice-Chair of the Task Force on Urban Education.
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      Fri May 12 Wisconsin Public Education Network Meeting,  10am-12pm, Fisher Building (12121 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa). Hosted by SOS-Wauwatosa. Click here to RSVP for May 12 meeting.

    • Joint Finance Committee: Public Hearings on the 2017-2019 Wisconsin Budget
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      • Monday, April 3, 10am – 5pm UW-Platteville, Ullsvick Hall,30 South Hickory Street, Platteville, WI 53818
      • Wednesday, April 5, 10 am – 6pm State Fair Park, Exposition Center, 8200 West Greenfield Avenue, West Allis, WI 53214 (Milwaukee)
      • Friday, April 7, 10am – 5pm Berlin High School, Auditorium, 222 Memorial Drive, Berlin, WI 54923
      • Tuesday, April 18, 10am – 6pm Spooner High School, Auditorium, 801 County Highway A, Spooner, WI 54801
      • Wednesday, April 19, 10am – 5pm Ellsworth High School, Gymnasium, 323 West Hillcrest Street, Ellsworth, WI 54011
      • Friday, April 21, 10am – 5pm Marinette High School, Auditorium,
        2135 Pierce Avenue, Marinette, WI 54143
      YOUR VOICE MATTERS!  If you are interested in connecting to the regional Budget Action Planning team in your area to participate in JFC Hearing actions and share your concerns about the budget at the hearings and in your community, please contact the coordinator listed for your region here.
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      Fri April 7, Wisconsin Public Education Network Meeting 10am-12pm, Portage County Public Library, Stevens Point. Hosted by School Funding Reform for Wisconsin. Meeting cancelled due to conflict with Berlin JFC Hearing. Our apologies to the School Funding Reform for Wisconsin team – we hope we can reschedule a meeting in this region soon!

    • April 6, Active McFarland is sponsoring a talk on “Wisconsin’s Voucher Program: How It’s Affecting Our Public Schools and Our Children” by Jeff Leverich, senior researcher for the Wisconsin Education Association Council. 7:00-8:30 pm.  E.D. Locke Public Library, 5920 Milwaukee St. in McFarland.
    • March 25: Wisconsin Grassroots Festival. 9am to 4:45pm, Wisconsin Heights High School, Mazomanie. Dr. Julie Mead is a featured speaker on the topic “Fighting for Education”
    • March 20: SOS Budget Forum. Longfellow Middle School in Wauwatosa from 7 to 9 pm. Jeff Pertl of DPI will present and there will be a panel of education experts (including Wauwatosa Phil Ertl, Chris Thiel and a rep from Women Informed) to take questions from attendees.
    • March 16: Wine not Whine, Lyons Irish Pub. Hosted by Watertown CAPS. Join us for an evening of action when we write postcards to our legislators urging them to restore fair funding to public schools. Enjoy the company of other public education advocates as we stand up for our public schools together!
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      Mon March 13 [note date change], Wisconsin Public Education Network Meeting Eau Claire, WI. 1-4 pm. WPEN meeting 1-3 pm (followed by Budget Action & Legislative Advocacy Workshop 3-5 pm), Eau Claire Area School District Administration Building at 500 Main Street. Hosted by ECASD. Click here to RSVP for March 13 meeting.

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      March 9-11: WiLD (Wisconsin Leadership Development) Training, Milwaukee. This 2.5 day training has already been attended by nearly 75 education advocates around the state. Bring your team and connect to an organizing model that focuses on building relationships around shared values to make a local impact that has state-level consequences. These trainings have also provided opportunity for us to strengthen our statewide Network by developing local level teams.  Contact Heather at hdb@WisconsinNetwork.org to learn more and get registered. Scholarships available.

    • Logo DisplayTues. Feb. 28. State Funding, Local Impacts: What You Can Do to Support Sun Prairie Public Schools. sp flier
      Sun Prairie Public Library, 1350 Linnerud. Featuring presentations by DPI’s Tom McCarthy, SPASD Superintendent Dr. Bradford Saron, and Heather DuBois Bourenane of Wisconsin Public Education Network and Support Sun Prairie Schools, followed by audience discussion and Q&A.


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      Thurs, Feb. 16. UW-Madison Professor Julie Mead: “WisconsStoughton Forum on Vouchers-page-001in’s Voucher Program: What is it Doing to Public Schools and our Kids?” Sponsored by Active McFarland, Oregon Area Progressives, and Stoughton Dems & Progressives. Time: 7:00 pm; Place: Stoughton High School Cafetorium, 600 Lincoln Ave.

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      Feb. 13-17, I Love My Public School Week of Action. WPEN encourages local teams and individuals to consider how they can send a positive message of support for local schools to elected officials and decision-makers. Send valentine postcards to your legislators, hold an event, write a letter to the editor, deliver a gift to your school/district office – then amI love my public school WEEK OF ACTIONplify the message on social media and by letting us help share your story. Use hashtag #ILoveMyPublicSchool. Please plans/photos/posts to Heather at hdb@WisconsinNetwork.org or tag us on facebook (@WisconsinNetwork) or Twitter (@WiscEdNetwork) – let’s create a blizzard of love for our schools this week!

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      Mon. Feb. 13: Wisconsin Public Education Network meeting. 10am-12pm (followed by 12-1 Capitol visit). Madison – WASB office, 122 West Washington Avenue, Suite 400 . This meeting will be followed by a visit to the Capitol to kick off the Feb. 13-17 I LOVE MY PUBLIC SCHOOL Week of Action. Click here to RSVP for one or both parts of the meeting.

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      NOW-Feb. 10: DEMAND RESTORED FUNDING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS! Call for LETTERS & OP-EDs. We are calling on our statwide partners to “be the media” and publish op eds and letters all around the state that put forward a positive, aspirational message about what we expect to see in the 2017-2019 budget to support our schools. New reports indicate that the legislature has $2 billion to work with. Let’s do the right thing and restore funding to our public schools! Our goal is to come out in FRONT of the Governor’s budget proposal by painting a picture of what full and adequate funding looks like where we live. Please share letters/pieces from your group/region with us so we can help amplify your voices. If you have questions about messaging or need a proof-reader, get in touch.

    • Feb 8: Governor Walker’s Budget Release/Address
    • Logo DisplayThurs. Feb. 2: Bridging Urban & Rural Education Divides: A Conversation with Katherine Cramer, author of The Politics of Resentment. Dr. Cramer is Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service and professor of political science at UW-Madison.  She’ll sit down with Network partners to talk about what we can do to bridge our gaps. Click here to register.
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      NOW through JAN. 31: The vote to confirm the Secretary of the Sec of EdDepartment of Education has been delayed to Jan. 31 due to ethics concerns. Wisconsin Public Education Network partners have shared grave concerns about the appointment of pro-privatization nominee Betsy DeVos as education secretary. If you share these concerns, please take action. Contact your Senator: Ron Johnson: (202) 224-5323 or email; Sen. Tammy Baldwin: (800) 247-5645 or email

    • Jan. 30, “Go Public! Why our public schools need our help and what you can do to support them” Heather DuBois Bourenane. 7:00pm, Green Bay, Brown County Central Library Auditorium. Co-sponsored by League of Women Voters of Greater Green Bay and Green Bay Advocates 4 Public Education.
    • Sun Jan 29.“Can Public Education be Saved?” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Evers on the effects of vouchers and the future of public schools. 4:30 PM, North Shore Presbyterian Church in Shorewood, WI. Hosted by Grassroots Northshore.
    • Tues. Jan. 24. Stacy Racine Lynch, President of SOS-Wauwatosa will speak to members of the new advocacy team CAPE (Citizen Advocates for Public Education) Middleton at Kromrey Middle School, room 600, 6:30-8:00 pm


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