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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Qué es una escuela pública de calidad?

September 9, 2011

Una escuela pública de calidad prepara a todos estudiantes para triunfar. Los expertos coinciden en que las escuelas públicas de calidad tienen las siguientes características.

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What Makes a Quality School?

September 7, 2011

A quality public school prepares all students to succeed. Experts agree that quality public schools share a variety of characteristics. This fact sheet lays each one out.

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The Economic Benefits of Education

July 8, 2011

Provides facts, statistics, a chart, and resources pertaining to the economic outcomes of education.

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Education Facts

December 6, 2006

Includes statistics and information on: * education increases civic participation* more learning results in more earnings* education moves citizens from welfare recipients to productive citizens* education lowers crime costs* education lowers health care costs

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Teacher Quality Fact Sheet: Parent/School Compacts

May 13, 2003

Defines and describes Parent/School compacts and details action opportunities for community leaders and parents.

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