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Public Education Network Statement on 'Strong American Schools/ED in '08' Campaign

It comes as no surprise that PEN comes out very strongly for the Strong Schools/ED in '08 Campaign funded by the Broad-Gates partnership. Take a look at the corporate sponsorship of PEN. Neither Broad nor Gates are on it, but look at the others. Look and think about it. More information on how Pen is funded is available in Why Is Corporate America Bashing Our Public Schools? by Kathy Emery and Susan Ohanian.

PEN Funders

Public Education Network gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our funders as we work to build public demand and mobilize resources for quality public education for all children through a national constituency of local education funds and individuals.

American Express Foundation

The Annenberg Foundation

Carnegie Corporation of New York

ChevronTexaco Corporation

DK Publishing, Inc.

Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

Ford Foundation

The George Gund Foundation

The Goldman Sachs Foundation

The James Irvine Foundation

The J. P. Morgan Chase Foundation

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP

KnowledgeWorks Foundation

MetLife Foundation

Nellie Mae Education Foundation

The New York Community Trust

New York Life Foundation

The New York Times Company Foundation

Open Society Institute

Philip Morris USA Youth Smoking Prevention

The Prudential Foundation

The Schott Foundation for Public Education

Time Warner Inc.

The UPS Foundation

US Department of Education, OERI

US Department of Health & Human Services

Washington Mutual Foundation

William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

William Penn Foundation

Working Assets Youth Focus Fund

Public Education Network (PEN)
Press Release

WASHINGTON, April 25 (AScribe Newswire) -- The following is a statement from Public Education Network (PEN) President and CEO Wendy D. Puriefoy regarding the "Strong American Schools/ED in '08" campaign announced today by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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"Public Education Network is heartened that The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have joined forces to make public education a top issue for the 2008 presidential election. The American public wants its elected officials to care more, and do more, about public education, and PEN's most recent poll findings confirm these thoughts. It is equally important to note that, in effect, 'Strong American Schools/ED in '08' is calling for an acceleration of the critical public engagement work that is being done -- and has been happening for many years -- by many groups across the country, including PEN's local education fund members. PEN's Give Kids Good Schools campaign, launched in August 2006, reinforces the idea that Americans must take responsibility for the quality of their public schools and must become engaged to 'learn, vote, and act' in order to hold elected officials accountable for public education."

"America's children need and deserve quality public schools. Public education is the cornerstone of American democracy, and an engaged population that puts political pressure on elected officials - including the president of the United States - will truly make a difference in improving public education and increasing achievement for each and every student in the United States."

— Press Release
Public Education Network


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