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Locating Local Education Funds: A Conceptual Framework for Describing LEF’s Contribution to Public Education

This report presents the findings of RFA’s intitial literature review of research and other writings and documentation on local education funds as well as other education reform nonprofits working within communities at the local level. It attempts to understand the role and work of LEFs and the many factors that influence what they do and how they do it, and assessing their contributions to public education. This framework is intended to be used to guide future empirical research on LEFs and to develop tools that LEFs themselves can use in the process of self assessment.