After 21 years, Public Education Network (PEN) closed its doors effective December 31, 2012. PEN was a network of local education funds (LEFs) -- community based organizations in high poverty school districts across the United States that continue to work with their school districts and communities to improve public education for the nation's most disadvantaged children. At the national level, PEN raised the importance of public engagement as an essential component of education reform. It brought the voice of LEFs and the communities they represent into the national education debate. Finally, PEN gave voice to the essential nature of the connection between quality public education and a healthy and thriving democracy. More about PEN is available here.

In addition to the collaborative, "on-the-ground" work that PEN accomplished, the organization also published and funded a wealth of documentation on a variety of issues and policies. This collection of written works continues to be shared here. Works published by PEN now carry a Creative Commons license to ensure accessibility and promote widespread sharing. Please see the FAQ about how to best link to and re-purpose content under this license.

Public Education Network (PEN) Members Directory

The most recent directory of Public Education Network (PEN) members nationwide. The list includes contact information for 75 member organizations. … more

Summary of Selected Education and Child Related Bills in the 112th Congress

While thousands of bills will be introduced in 112th Congress, very few of those will be related to education. PEN has developed a selected, but by no means thorough, list of bills to watch. These bills could be folded into a newly reauthorized... … more

A Sampling of Activities Against No Child Left Behind

A sampling of local activities in opposition to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) including local school district and type of action. … more

Impact of Budget Cuts on State and Local School LEF Districts

State-by-state summary of the impact of budget cuts on state and local school LEF districts, including projected impact and references to media coverage of cuts. … more

Diploma Act: Developing Innovative Partnerships and Learning Opportunities that Motivate Achievement

Text for the Diploma Act, to strengthen student achievement and graduation rates and prepare young people for college, work and citizenship through innovative partnerships that meet the comprehensive needs of children and youth. … more

Comments Made to the Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education, Related to Investing in Innovation Fund

Formal comment related to the proposed priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria for the Investing in Innovation competitive grant program, Federal Register October 9, 2009. … more

Major Selected Education Programs in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

A comprehensive list of major selected education programs in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (HR 1) including purpose of funds and expenditures to date. … more

Standards for Local Education Funds (LEFs)

The following standards have been adopted by Public Education Network (PEN). They were first developed and recommended for use by education support organizations by the National Commission on Civic Investment in Public Education (2011), which had... … more

Public Education Network (PEN) Network Data Review March, 2012

The PEN National Office Data Department's review of key data points for the network, including: * PEN College- and Career-Ready Compact * Effective LEF Strategies * LEF Scorecard * College College- and Career and Career-Readiness * Effective... … more

Communities of Color And Public School Reform: Findings from Qualitative and Quantitative Research

The objectives of this research project were to: * Understand the perceptions of low- to moderate-income African-American and Latino parents/caregivers concerning the schools in their communities and the schools their children attend. *... … more