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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Standards for Local Education Funds (LEFs)

November 18, 2011

The following standards have been adopted by Public Education Network (PEN). They were first developed and recommended for use by education support organizations by the National Commission on Civic Investment in Public Education (2011), which had adapted standards contained in the Independent Sector's Statement of Values and Code of Ethics for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Organizations (2004). PEN's Membership Committee, with suggestions from a broad range of local education funds, tailored the Commission's standards to more closely align with the work of Local Education Funds.

Diploma Act: Developing Innovative Partnerships and Learning Opportunities that Motivate Achievement

December 2, 2009

Text for the Diploma Act, to strengthen student achievement and graduation rates and prepare young people for college, work and citizenship through innovative partnerships that meet the comprehensive needs of children and youth.

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