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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Public Education Network (PEN) Members Directory

May 22, 2012

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

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

March 22, 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 Teachers* Public Engagement

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

August 12, 2011

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 ESEA, or they could pass on their own as a self-contained bill. In some cases, language has been inserted in appropriations bills without bill numbers, and in some cases, bills that we will be watching have not yet been introduced. Here is a sampling of these measures that PEN will be watching closely during the 112th Congress, along with a list of those major bills passed in the 111th Congress.

A Sampling of Activities Against No Child Left Behind

August 12, 2011

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

Impact of Budget Cuts on State and Local School LEF Districts

July 1, 2011

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.

Major Selected Education Programs in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

July 17, 2009

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.

PEN National Civic Index Analysis

June 1, 2008

See Results of 2008 National Civic Index Poll, conducted by Lake Research.

Civic Index for Education

Starting Off Right 2005: A School System in Transition - Part I: Ready Schools Project - 2005 Findings, 2004-2005 Comparisons

December 1, 2005

The Ready Schools Project (RSP) focuses on the systemic supports necessary not only for the start of school, but during the whole school year. Our goal was to move beyond individual impressions and stories about school conditions and begin to collect data representative of the whole school system. This year's report will be produced in two parts: Part I contains this year's findings from the interviews with 52 school principals, as well as comparison data based on the schools and principals that participated in both 2004 and 2005.

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