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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

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.

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.

Who's for Public Education? Give Kids Good Schools Guide to Elected Officials and Candidates

September 7, 2011

Elected officials at every level have a responsibility to ensure that all children have quality public schools that prepare them for college and a career. In turn, individuals have a powerful role when it comes to electing candidates and passing measures that support quality public education.As citizens, we have the ability to set high expectations for public education, elect school board members, pay taxes to support public schools, vote for school bond referenda and elect public officials who fulfill campaign promises.This guide is written for everyone who wants to know how to recognize questions and issues that impact quality public education and is designed to help you ask informed questions of candidates and office holders.

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.

The Economic Benefits of Education

July 8, 2011

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

An Appeal to All Americans: National Commission on Civic Investment in Public Education

May 24, 2011

A national commission comprised of top education and philanthropic leaders is calling with new urgency for an increase in the nation's commitment to and civic investment in public education. An Appeal to All Americans also represents the first national and independently authored report to outline standards of practice for public and local education funds.As federal and state governments make dramatic cuts to public education funding, the independent National Commission on Civic Investment in Public Education urges the public to redouble its efforts to ensure that the nation's public schools provide a high-quality education for all young people.The Commission, created by Public Education Network (PEN), was charged with making a renewed case for civic investment, highlighting the work of organizations that can build and channel that investment, and developing standards for the rapidly-rising number of citizendriven, local public education assistance organizations - local education funds (LEFs), school foundations, etc. - working throughout our nation to improve public schools.

Public Education Network - Strategic Plan 2010-2013

October 27, 2009

Includes planned programming, data and charts, list of local education funds (LEFs) in the Network, and more.

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.

Community Accountability for Quality Schools: Results of the 2008 National Poll and the Civic Index for Quality Public Education - Executive Summary

June 24, 2008

Describes what various sectors of a community must do to support public education. These sectors, or 'categories' of community support, as described in this document, must hold themselves and each other accountable for each playing their part. And ultimately the public will be the arbiter of whether they have succeeded.

PEN National Civic Index Analysis

June 1, 2008

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