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Read on for news that matters to Wisconsin kids and their public schools, action opportunities you can take right now, and local action spotlights.
NEWS THAT MATTERS TO KIDS & PUBLIC SCHOOLS
- SUN PRAIRIE EDUCATOR HONORED BY NEA
We congratulate Sun Prairie Schools music educator and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction education consultant Chris Gleason on receiving the 2022 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence from the The NEA Foundation!
- DR. MICHAEL W. APPLE JOINS SUMMER SUMMIT LINEUP
We are thrilled that Dr. Michael Apple, UW-Madison John Bascom Professor Emeritus of Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Policy Studies, an expert on the impact of vouchers and privatization, power dynamics and public education, is joining us as a featured guest! Tickets are just $25.
- WISCONSIN FALLS FURTHER BEHIND IN PER-PUPIL FUNDING
According to the Wisconsin School Administrators Alliance, in consultation with U.S. Census data and the Wisconsin Policy Forum, Wisconsin has steadily declined in national rankings of school funding per pupil. Wisconsin was 5.6% below the national average in 2020.
- HEARTBREAKING AND HORRIFYING NEWS FROM UVALDE, TX
We encourage everyone to read this powerful piece from Department of Public Instruction (DPI) communications director and former middle school teacher Abigail Swetz.
- APPRECIATION PETITION
We are still collecting signatures on our Appreciation in Action petition calling on the state to fully fund public schools so students and educators go back to school with a lot more than the current ZERO increase. Sign it here: https://secure.everyaction.com/CuRqGwAfO0S1IdXBJ2bGEw2.
- SUMMER SUMMIT TICKETS!
Thank you to the Eau Claire Area School District for hosting this year’s Summit! Visit WisconsinNetwork.org/Summit for information and tickets—just $25. Register today!
- CHARTER SCHOOLS RECORDING
The first workshop in our 2022 Accountability in Action series, CHARTER SCHOOLS, took place in May. Dr. Kevin Lawrence Henry, Jr. of UW-Madison joined us for a frank conversation on the landscape and future of charters in Wisconsin and their impacts on students and public schools. The video recording is publicly available here. Watch, review and share!
LOCAL ACTION SPOTLIGHT: UPDATES FROM AROUND THE STATE
From our Northwest Wisconsin Regional Organizer, Chris:
Greetings from NW Wisconsin. I have been working with our team putting together the Wisconsin Public Education Network’s 8th Annual Summer Summit in Eau Claire on July 21st. The Eau Claire Area School District is hosting. It is proving to be another event offering up-to-date sessions on funding, vouchers, voting BUT also a celebration of public school alumni that stay or come back to make a difference in the community they were raised in. Public schools really do unite us. Please join us in July. Registration is at this link: https://www.wisconsinnetwork.org/summit.
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