Release: ELC Research Is Clear: Wisconsin’s Shamefully Inadequate Special Education Funding Harms Students

Our press release on the brand new study on the underfunding of special education from the Education Law Center is below. View it as a PDF here. Oct. 11, 2022 ELC Research Is Clear:Wisconsin’s Shamefully Inadequate Special Education Funding Harms Students For years, Wisconsin families, educators, advocates, and policy experts have shed light on the […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 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 […]