Heather DuBois Bourenane

Referendum Season (2nd Hour)

February 14, 2024

We’ll talk to school officials from Menomonie and Cumberland, two of the many communities where voters will be asked next week or in April to approve a referendum that allows their local public schools to keep up with needed expenses— because the Republican-led Legislature won’t honor its responsibility to give Wisconsin kids a good education.

Bringing Home the Bacon (2nd Hour)

January 24, 2024

Sen. Tammy Baldwin is part of our first half-hour, describing how she helped bring home $1 billion for a massive but much needed infrastructure project up north. Then, in our weekly Homeroom segment, we get a sense of how many school districts are going to referendum this spring because the Legislature still refuses to fully […]

Underwood v. Vos: The New Voucher School Lawsuit (Hour 2)

October 18, 2023

A new lawsuit argues that the voucher schools program didn’t create choices in education so much as it created a cancer that threatens the survival of public education in Wisconsin. We’ll talk to Julie Underwood, one of the plaintiffs bringing the suit, and Heather DuBois Bourenane of the Wisconsin Public Education Network.  

Do We Want to Be Like Iowa—or Michigan? (Hour 2)

July 19, 2023

Is Wisconsin’s future more like what we’re seeing this year in Iowa—or Michigan? We will talk to Courier Newsroom journalists in both states, which have had very different legislative sessions. While Michigan Democrats have been advocating for democracy and equal rights, Iowa Republicans have been rolling things back. Also: Despite a compromise that gave more […]

Parental Rights for Me, Not for Thee (Hour 2)

July 5, 2023

With a growing chorus of voices urging Gov. Tony Evers to veto the Republican’s version of a new state budget, we’ll review the ways Wisconsin taxpayers are already getting fleeced by having to send more money to voucher schools that are less transparent, free to discriminate, and offer at best a mixed bag of results.

Legislating 101: How to Support Our Schools Right Now. Guest: Heather DuBois Bourenane (Sept 8 – Hour 1)

September 8, 2022

As Republican legislators sit on a $5 billion budget surplus, Gov. Tony Evers outlines a plan to use $2 billion to improve schools without having to raise property taxes. Heather DuBois Bourenane from the Wisconsin Public Education Network talks about how people can get involved with local advocacy for their local public schools.