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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First Scholars Impact Report 2010-2016

April 1, 2017

The longitudinal impact report by The Suder Foundation shows that first-generation students with middle-range academic backgrounds can and do out perform their peers when receiving holistic support and access to resources.

Creating and Managing Change Through Comprehensive School Health Programs

May 12, 1999

In 1994, Public Education Network (PEN) entered into a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health (CDC/DASH) to integrate comprehensive school health programs (CSHP) into a larger, systemic school reform effort at the local and national levels. Under this agreement, PEN worked with and provided funds ($20,000 each year over a three-year period) to five local education funds (LEFs) to conduct local projects that would establish, enhance, and/or institutionalize school health programs within their districts -- and in the case of one LEF, throughout the state.This report documents the process by which the LEFs were able to create and manage changes in the community brought about by their local school health programs.

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