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Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools Announces Six New Directors

Sandy Whisler of Lake Mills becomes WAES Board President See this announcement as a PDF here. January 13, 2023 Six powerful champions of public education in Wisconsin have joined the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools (WAES) Board of Directors at the start of the 2023 term. WAES is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which brings...

PUBLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2023

Kick off Public Schools Week with us! Register here to join us at the Wisconsin State Capitol for a regular partner meeting and opportunity to deliver a positive, nonpartisan message of support for local students to your own lawmakers after the meeting! Meeting agenda includes budget & legislative updates, Legislative Action Training for anyone...

A NEW YEAR FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION CHAMPIONS

2022 was an exhausting, exhilarating year for those of us working to support Wisconsin students and their public schools. We are so impressed by and grateful for all of the efforts we’ve seen statewide to make an impact for local kids. 2023 will provide new opportunities and new challenges as we prepare to center...

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

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ABOUT

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.

Info

Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools
Board of Directors

Sandy Whisler, President
Jim Shaw, Vice President
Julie Underwood, Treasurer
Jill Gaskell, Secretary
Lori Blakeslee
Jennifer Black
Tony Chambers
Jeff Eide
Marcia Engen
Kevin Lawrence Henry, Jr.
Marva Herndon
Joanne Juhnke
Christina Kintop
Tara LeRoy
Karl Loewenstein
Julie Mead
Ronald "Duff" Martin
Pablo Muirhead
Bruce Quinton
Christopher J. Thiel
Amy Traynor
Khoua Vang
Michael Walsh
Anjalé (AJ) Welton 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, Director of Digital Organizing & Communications
Tessa Maglio, Digital Organizer & Communications Assistant
Bryn Horton, Legislative Policy Intern & Administrative Assistant

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