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Crafting a Civic Stage for Public Education Reform: Understanding the Work and Accomplishments of Local Education Funds

This report is based on research focusing on understanding and assessing how Local Education Funds (LEFs)carryout their mission and demonstrate success. It offers a conceptual model for understanding the decisions that LEFs make as they go about shaping both organizational identity and an approach to their work. The report argues that LEFs are uniquely positioned to create a supportive civic environment for improving public education. The report identifies key elements of such an environment and shows how LEFs contribute to it.