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.
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
DK Publishing, Inc.
Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
The George Gund Foundation
The Goldman Sachs Foundation
The James Irvine Foundation
The J. P. Morgan Chase Foundation
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP
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)
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."
Public Education Network
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