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Contact our team 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.

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Track Legislators' Education Votes

Wisconsin voters need to know what upcoming legislation means to our communities and our children, and how lawmakers vote on those measures.

Network Partners Map

See who we're partnered with across the state.

Advocacy Toolkits

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

Wisconsin Public Education News, Events & Actions

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

Public Schools Unite Us: Personal Stories

Educators and parents. Students, siblings, and friends. Elected officials, community leaders, retired professionals. We can agree that our public schools are the hearts of our communities, and that every child in Wisconsin deserves the freedom to learn, play, and thrive. This page is a running archive of personal stories about public education in Wisconsin....

August 3, 2022: Fall Campaign, Summit Archive, Changemaker Award

See all monthly Wisconsin Public Education Network Action Newsletters on our website at WisconsinNetwork.org/Action-News. If you have news, actions, achievements, or updates you’d like us to include in our next newsletter, submit them at this form! Read on for news that matters to Wisconsin kids and their public schools, action opportunities you can take...

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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


The Wisconsin Public Education Network is the hub for public 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 2020-21 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.


Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools
Board of Directors

Julie Underwood, President
Jim Shaw, Vice President and Chair of Fundraising
Sandy Whisler, Treasurer
Jill Gaskell, Secretary
Lori Blakeslee
Tony Chambers
Marcia Engen
Chris Heller
Marva Herndon
Joanne Juhnke
Kim Kaukl
Christina Kintop
Tara LeRoy
Karl Loewenstein
Julie Mead
Ronald "Duff" Martin
Matt Michalsen
Bruce Quinton
Corinda Rainey Moore
Christopher J. Thiel
Khoua Vang
Michael Walsh
Peggy Wirtz-Olsen

Wisconsin Public Education Network Staff
Heather DuBois Bourenane, Executive Director
Jenni Hofschulte, SE Regional Organizer
Denise Gaumer Hutchison, NE Regional Organizer
Chris Hambuch-Boyle, NW Regional Organizer
Christian Phelps, Digital Organizer
Sarah Lent, Intern
Sam White, Intern


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