FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2016
The Wisconsin Public Education Network – which “connects education advocates and professionals to information, actions and each other” – is the 2016 recipient of the Wisconsin Education Association Council’s Friend of Education Award.
Betsy Kippers, a Racine teacher and WEAC president, presented the award to network coordinator Heather DuBois Bourenane in a ceremony surrounded by dozens of Network partners, representing grassroots groups from across Wisconsin who advocate for neighborhood public schools.
“This network encompasses grassroots groups and individuals who use their voices on a daily basis to support and promote public education in Wisconsin,” Kippers said. “These groups and individuals are grounded in the conviction that public schools are the heart of our communities. The statewide network provides resources to keep these partners connected, informed, inspired and involved.”
Eau Claire Area School Board member Chris Hambuch-Boyle nominated the network for the award from WEAC, which is Wisconsin’s largest organization of educators. “The network has worked diligently to become the hub of all who support the miracle of public schools,” Hambuch-Boyle said.
“There’s no shortage of people who aren’t afraid to raise their voices in this state, but there is a resistance to hearing it,” Dubois Bourenane said in accepting the award on behalf of the network. “As a network, if we can do whatever small part we can that leads into a bigger and bigger and growing part to let that collective voice in support of public schools to be heard then we can accomplish great things.
“It is a tribute to all of the work that has gone on all over the state to receive this award,” she continued. “It’s a huge honor, and it’s also an amazing demonstration of the validity of that work and importance of it and the urgency of the need for coming together for the kids who cannot advocate for themselves in this state. They deserve the work that’s going into supporting their schools, and I’m really proud of doing that work with you, so congratulations to everyone.”