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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Starting Off Right 2005: Spotlight on Parents

January 1, 2006

This report is part of the READY SCHOOLS PROJECT (RSP) that focuses on the systemic supports in place so that DC public schools (DCPS) can provide high quality teaching and learning for all students. Spotlight on Parents presents what parents have to say about the supports their schools and students need to succeed.

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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