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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Connections: A Journal of Public Education Advocacy - Fall 2001, Vol. 8, No. 2

October 21, 2001

President's Message - Wendy D. Puriefoy reflects on the public aspects of public schools and the necessity for Americans to take civic action to create quality public schools for all young people.Summary of PEN/EducationWeek National Poll Action for All is the first in a series of national surveys on public responsibility for public education in partnership with Education Week. Pollster Celinda Lake presents what Americans see as their primary responsibility for public education, their chief concerns, and what motivates them to act.Q&A: James Howard Kunstler - The author of Home from Nowhere reflects on the decline of public space in America and its effect on the nation's public schools.Conversations - William L. Taylor, a prominent Washington, DC-based attorney and co-chair of the Citizens Commission on Civil Rights, and Ramon C. Cortines, one of the nation's foremost superintendents, discuss the threats to public education as public space.Making it Happen - Marc Tucker, president of the National Center on Education and the Economy, examines the standards movement and the role LEFs can play in helping all students achieve at high standards.Annual Conference - Information on PEN's 2001 Annual Conference, Assessment & Accountability: The Great Equity Debate, November 11 -- 13, in Washington, DC.About the Network - Current lists of Network members and funders.