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 […]

January 5, 2022: Federal Funds; Blue Ribbon Birthday Bash; School Board Election Season

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 and action opportunities you can take […]

Public Schools Week 2022

Wisconsin Public Education Network Celebrates Public Schools Week, February 21-25, 2022 Public Schools Week is an annual event celebrating the amazing things that happen every day in our public schools, and sharing our appreciation for our educators and the value of a great public education! Public Schools Week is celebrated by the National School Boards […]

School Board Champions Resource Page

Let this page serve as a central resource for school board champions in 2022! Updated regularly. (Have something to add? Email Christian@WisconsinNetwork.org anytime.) Thinking of running for school board? Tips and To-Dos October 20, 2021: SCHOOL BOARD MATTERS workshop Archive document Video archive: School Board Support Network Registration for loosely-organized school board support network: Sign […]

Stop playing politics and release the federal funds public schools needed a year ago — from the Wisconsin Examiner

Read this op-ed from our executive director Heather DuBois Bourenane, published in the Wisconsin Examiner on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, here. https://www.wisconsinexaminer.com/ In May of this year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) put forward a fair and common-sense plan for allocating federal ESSER III funds (funds allocated by Congress for COVID relief) that was rejected […]

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 […]

December 1, 2021: Last Action Newsletter of the Year

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 right […]

2021 Wisconsin Legislative Report Card

IT’S REPORT CARD DAY IN WISCONSIN! Wisconsin students and public educators should be celebrated for their persistence and dedication during an incomparably challenging year. And it’s time to hold lawmakers accountable for failing to ensure Wisconsin students have the policy and resources they need to thrive. As the Department of Public Instruction releases school and […]

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 […]

November 3, 2021: Mequon-Thiensville Board Members Survive Recall; Pro-Public Groundswell At Baraboo Annual Meeting

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 right […]