Oregon Area Progressives are STRONG proponents of public education.

We believe that public education is the foundation of our democracy. In the words of John Dewey, American philosopher, educator and leader in the progressive movement in education in the United States in the 19th & 20th Centuries, "The aim of education is to enable individuals to continue their education ... (and) the object and reward of learning is continued capacity for growth. Now this idea cannot be applied to all the members of a society except where intercourse of man with man is mutual, and except where there is adequate provision for the reconstruction of social habits and institutions by means of wide stimulation arising from equitably distributed interests. And this means a democratic society."

To that end, we believe that federal, state and local governments have a responsibility to their citizens to provide "equitably distributed" resources for public education. We encourage citizens to become knowledgeable regarding issues related to their public schools, including federal, state, and local budgets; legislative policies, such as the expansion of voucher school programs which siphon public funds for private schools; and local school board initiatives that impact access to public education by all students.



Attend Joint Finance Committe Public Hearings

Learn more about the Wisconsin State Budget here.


The 2019-2021 state budget has a direct impact on our children, schools, and communities. Join us in making an impact to stand up for a Wisconsin where everyone thrives!

Budget Hearings will take place in April! We are coordinating testimony to make sure all issues are covered and help amplify the concerns we share! Click here to join to this effort whether you intend to testify in person or in writing/video!



 WPEN_logo.jpgThe Wisconsin Public Education Network (WPEN) is  an informal, non-partisan alliance of parents, educators, board members, administrators, schools districts, and groups all over the state committed to the public schools that work together to share information, ideas, and actions that support public education.