Regular Broken, Really Broken, Off the Rails

In Wisconsin, we once had a “Regular Broken” school revenue system.  Regular Broken was a system that was supposed to provide enough funding to keep pace with inflation but really didn’t. It was invented in 1993 by Governor Tommy Thompson and placed per-pupil revenue limits on schools. Schools could not raise revenue above the limits, but the […]

Blue Ribbon Birthday: No Gift for Kids

To read this release as a PDF, click here. After four years of inaction on common-sense recommendations, Wisconsin lawmakers are failing our kids. We tracked education legislation all year.  Wisconsin legislators failed to meet kids’ needs and played political games instead. Four years ago today, Speaker Vos formed a bipartisan Blue Ribbon Commission on School […]

WAES CALLS FOR SPECIAL SESSION TO FUND SPECIAL EDUCATION

November 8, 2021. Call to action for a special session to fund special education for Wisconsin’s public schools by Dr. Julie Underwood, board chair, and Heather DuBois Bourenane, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Public Education Network, on behalf of the board of directors of the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools (WAES). View this release as […]

May 5, 2021: Budget Takeaways; DPI Transition

See all monthly Wisconsin Public Education Network Action Newsletters on our website at WisconsinNetwork.org/Action-News.To receive the Action Newsletters via email, make sure you join our mailing list and select “Newsletter” under “Email Interests.”If you have news, actions, achievements, or updates you’d like us to include in our next newsletter, submit them at this form! CAN […]

Release: DPI budget proposal provides support “our kids deserve”

Nov. 12, 2020. View this release as a pdf here.  DPI budget proposal provides support “our kids deserve” say public education advocates. Wisconsin Public Education Network partners around the state have high praise and appreciation for Carolyn Stanford Taylor’s 2021-2023 budget proposal. As State Superintendent for Public Instruction, she submitted her budget proposal to Governor […]

Education Action Alert & Updates: September 2020

NEW! “Get on the Bus” Action Map + Action Grants! It’s time to #GetOnTheBus and #VotePublic for Wisconsin’s kids and their public schools!  Please read on for important updates and action alerts. NEW RESOURCES: COVID-19 Related School News – at a glance!  Click here for a regularly-updated chronicle of the news around the state related to COVID-19 school […]

Wisconsin Public School Children Deserve Reinvestment

We cannot afford to keep playing politics with their future. Wisconsin Public Education Network Executive Director Heather DuBois Bourenane delivered these remarks today at a press event with Rep. Jonathan Brostoff launching the Public Education Reinvestment Act. This bill would restore and expand the state’s SAGE program and roll back the state’s taxpayer funded private […]

Wisconsin Parents Respond to DeVos Launch of “Back to School” Tour at Milwaukee Voucher School

“Betsy DeVos’s Visit and Policies Neglect 860,000 Kids in Public Schools,” Say Wisconsin Parents Parents and taxpayers from Eau Claire, Fort Atkinson, Green Bay, La Crosse, Lake Mills, Milwaukee, Palmyra, Racine, Saint Croix, Sun Prairie and Wauwatosa want sufficient funding for their kids’ public schools and more transparency for taxpayers from vouchers schools On the […]

Wisconsin Advocates: Restore Funding to K-12 Public Schools

Wisconsin Communities Call on Lawmakers to Use Increased Revenue to Restore Public School Funding Advocates around the state urge investment in thriving communities SUN PRAIRIE  — Parents and community members around the state are calling on lawmakes to restore funding to Wisconsin public schools after learning the state has nearly $715 million more than expected […]