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 - Spring 2000, Vol. 7, No. 1

June 1, 2000

ContentsPresident's Message by Wendy D. PuriefoyStandards-Based Reform: The Power of External Change Agents by Kris KurtenbachSnapshot of Standards Implementation in Action by Melissa SilversteinCommunicating with Parents about Educational Standards by Christine NeviusA Hard Look at Assessments in the Boston Public Schools by Mary Ann CohenSix Points of Effective Partnerships by Philip C. McCullum

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