Minding the Gaps: You Get What You Pay For

Minding the Gaps is a monthly Wisconsin Public Education Network blog from Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools (WAES) Board Vice President Jim Shaw examining educational gaps or educational inequity in Wisconsin. What’s the best way to close the gaps? Vouchers or teachers? In the past 10 years Wisconsin increased spending on voucher programs by 179%. Individual […]

Wisconsin Parents Are Clear: Don’t Let Political Whims Distract Us from Kids’ Needs

Wisconsin education advocates call for solutions, not shenanigans. This release was published on Feb. 10, 2022. View it as a PDF here. Public education parents and advocates around Wisconsin have been clear and consistent for years: Students need more resources in their public schools. Revenue limits must be lifted so new funds can actually reach […]

February 2, 2022: Legislative Updates; Black Lives Matter at School Week; Take Action with Us

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 […]

Wisconsin Kids Can’t Wait: Use the state surplus to meet students’ needs now.

Heather DuBois Bourenane, Executive Director, Wisconsin Public Education NetworkJanuary 27, 2022. Kids Can’t Wait: Use historic surplus to support Wisconsin’s children Wisconsin’s kids need the plan put forward today by Governor Evers to use $611 million of the state’s historic $3.8 billion surplus to support Wisconsin students now! The current budget provides $0 in increased spending […]

Minding the Gaps

Minding the Gaps is a monthly Wisconsin Public Education Network blog from Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools (WAES) Board Vice President Jim Shaw examining educational gaps or educational inequity in Wisconsin. Any traveler in London, England knows to “mind the gap,” to pay attention and be careful stepping from the “Tube” station platform to the […]

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

Spring 2023: Visit our Election HQ for all things GOTV and school board-related! 2022 Archive: 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 School […]

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 […]