In 2012, Public Education Network (PEN) closed its doors after 21 years. 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.

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A Guide to Public Engagement and School Finance Litigation - 2005

June 13, 2005

Lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of public school funding systems are currently in progress in 23 states,i representing a unique opportunity to restructure the ways in which public education is financed and expand the opportunities and resources available to children across the country.PEN has developed this guide to encourage community organizations to employ public engagement strategies in the context of school finance litigation taking place in their states.

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