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Feb. 21, 2017 School events Feb. 21-March 3

Parents for Public Schools will host spring tours of Pitt County's public schools beginning this week and continuing through March 14. Registration is ...

Feb. 15, 2017 Parents for Public Schools hosts school board candidate forum Wednesday night

To help voters get to know the candidates, Parents for Public Schools of Milwaukee hosts a candidate forum Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. ...

Feb. 14, 2017 Wisconsin Education Advocates Respond to Budget Proposal

Parents and concerned citizens around the state, who represent groups and organizations calling to restore public school funding through a minimum ...

Feb. 14, 2017 Wisconsin Education Advocates Respond to Budget Proposal

Parents and concerned citizens around the state, who represent groups and organizations calling to restore public school funding through a minimum ...

Jan. 26, 2017 These Are the Best of Times

Whenever I hear about the amazing work of Operation Shoestring, the Children's Defense Fund, Springboard to Opportunities and Parents for Public Schools to lift up our young people rather than...

Jan. 26, 2017 National School Choice week highlights education options

Kylene Dibble is with Parents for Public Schools. She said, “There are creative programs happening for every child in the public schools no matter ...

Jan. 12, 2017 Parents for Public Schools Hawaii: Raise Teacher Salaries

Parents for Public Schools Hawai'i. The Governor's top budget priority for this upcoming legislative session is Public Education. But will his increased ...

Dec. 14, 2016 Education advocate: Students better prepared through reading

... instructional technology specialist for Pitt County Schools; Kylene Dibble, executive director of Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County; Erin Kessel, ...

Dec. 5, 2016 New school board members to be sworn in
District 1’s representative is Robert Moore. Moore, who previously served on the Board of Education, was a board member and director of school tours for Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County
Nov. 11, 2016 Anti-bullying tour comes to Jackson County schools

The Moss Point chapter of Parents for Public Schools, along with the East Biloxi Community Collaborative, allowed Patterson to visit Escatawpa Elementary School

Nov. 8, 2016 New report cards in SF: A-F grades get an O for obsolete

Miranda Martin, director of policy for Parents for Public Schools, which promotes San Francisco schools, was among the parents who reviewed the ...

Nov. 8, 2016 Campaign to push JPS students to go to college

Mayor Yarber and went to Murrah High School Monday to endorse the ... Alignment Jackson, 100 Black Men, Parents for Public Schools Jackson, and ...

Oct. 24, 2016 Marguerite Casey Foundation Marks 15 Years of Supporting Families

Throughout this year, Marguerite Casey Foundation has been celebrating 15 years of grantmaking, working with grassroots organizations and supporting families leading the way in fighting poverty.

Oct. 11, 2016 Cyclists stop in Central NY on 350-mile ride to Albany for more education funding
Buffalo parents David Cates and Eddie Jones stopped in Auburn, Syracuse and Rome on their way to Albany, to mark the 10th anniversary of the fiscal equity lawsuit, brought by parents in large
Sep. 21, 2016 Community Organizations Push for Accountability of Police Use of Surveillance Technology
NAACP Milwaukee Branch, Parents for Public Schools of Milwaukee, Peace Action, Priceless Insight, True Skool, Schools and Communities United
Sep. 21, 2016 Moss Point chapter of Parents for Public Schools hosting community conference
Moss Point chapter of Parents for Public Schools is hosting a series of community conversations to address concerns regarding education legislation
Sep. 21, 2016 Things You Need to Know About Enrolling in Public School in San Francisco
Nothing makes a San Francisco preschool parent’s heart race faster than the words “kindergarten enrollment” whispered in a conspiratorial tone near the swings of the local playground.
Sep. 19, 2016 JPS celebrates College Spirit Day

Jackson Public School officials are letting their students know that their education doesn’t have to stop once they finish high school.

Sep. 12, 2016 Parents for Public Schools Celebrates 25 Years - A Look Back to Forge Ahead

The national office of Parents for Public Schools (PPS) is celebrating twenty-five years of service. It will use Facebook and Twitter (@pps_national) to share a retrospective 

Sep. 7, 2016 What If Schools Abolished Grade Levels?
We asked prominent voices in education—from policy makers and teachers to activists and parents—to look beyond laws, politics, and funding and imagine a utopian system of learning. 
Sep. 7, 2016 Disrupting the One-Teacher Standard
The Teachers. Will one instructor teach every subject or will students have a different teacher for each class?
Sep. 7, 2016 Raining Paper Cats and Dogs

 Inside Cassandre Connolly's Siwell Middle School art class on a recent Thursday morning, it was raining paper cats and dogs.

Sep. 3, 2016 Dr. Catherine Cushinberry speaks to the Atlantic about the impact students' individual abilities have on their education

Students will be grouped by age. Grades will be used as a measure of progress for parents and caregivers, and for students ages 13-18—particularly because college-admission requirements may 

Sep. 2, 2016 Many eastern Carolina schools deemed low performing

Parents are learning whether their child’s school is meeting its performance goals.

Sep. 2, 2016 Dr. Catherine Cushinberry speaks to the Atlantic about the perfect classroom

In general, there will be different types of movable desks varying in size and capacity—individual, long, and round. Chairs will be movable and will not have an attached desk. 

Sep. 1, 2016 PPS Executive Director Dr. Catherine Cushinberry speaks to the Atlantic about the one teacher standard

In a perfect world, education experts would shrink class sizes and children would learn from multiple teachers.

Aug. 18, 2016 City of Seattle awards $320,000 to programs bringing tech to underserved communities

While Seattle is renowned for its role as a global tech hub, many communities in the city still have little or no access to technology.

Aug. 17, 2016 Could starting high school classes later solve Syracuse schools' transportation problem?

Could starting high school later in the morning help solve the Syracuse City School District's transportation problem?

Aug. 11, 2016 PPS speaks to The Atlantic featuring Dr. Catherine Cushinberry

When President Jimmy Carter assumed office in 1977, he did something remarkable: He enrolled his 9-year-old daughter, Amy, in a predominantly black Washington, D.C., public school. 

Jun. 8, 2016 Connecting Parents and Educators Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County
As part of a multi-pronged effort to increase support for public education in North Carolina, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation commissioned a statewide survey in 2015.
May. 10, 2016 Greenwood woman named public school parent of the year
She's also a founding member of the Greenwood chapter of Parents for Public Schools, the Chamber Education Committee and Young Emerging Leaders of Leflore.
Apr. 26, 2016 Group offers school tours Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County is hosting tours of county middle schools and high schools next week to prospective families who want to learn more about attending.
Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County is hosting tours of county middle schools and high schools next week to prospective families who want to learn more about attending.
Apr. 21, 2016 Farmville celebrates first Schools Palooza
Flanagan took on the project through the Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County. It grew to include the Farmville Central High School as well
Apr. 21, 2016 Student art to be featured in community calendar
Streetsboro student talent was on display in April at the Parents for Public Schools Celebration of the Arts.
Apr. 7, 2016 Moss Point chapter of Parents for Public Schools presents: 'Reading on the River'
MOSS POINT, Mississippi-- The Moss Point Chapter of Parents for Public Schools is sponsoring "Reading on the Riverthis Saturdaymfrom 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Riverfront Park.
Apr. 7, 2016 Mom's book idea to inspire son's reading started on a roll of paper towels Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/news/local/education/article69346307.html#storylink=cpy
Moss Point native Dwylett Chambers Montgomery and her son and co-author, Kellen Montgomery, will be special guests at "Reading on the River."
Apr. 1, 2016 Mom's book idea to inspire son's reading started on a roll of paper towels

Moss Point native Dwylett Chambers Montgomery and her son and co-author, Kellen Montgomery, will be special guests at "Reading on the River."

Mar. 29, 2016 Henninger HS Students Turn Lobbyists for Public School Funding
A group of students from Henninger High School delivered hundreds of signatures to state lawmakers' offices here in Syracuse Monday pushing for more school funding.
Mar. 23, 2016 Teachers, parents hear pitches from Columbia Board of Education candidates at forum

Hiring more minority teachers and administrators, encouraging school volunteers and the short amount of time students have to eat lunch were topics tackled Tuesday by candidates for the Columbia Board

Mar. 23, 2016 Jackson County BOS hears plan to ramp up social media presence
PASCAGOULA, Mississippi – A Jackson County Facebook page could be revamped and reinvigorated as an all-purpose government affairs page, if a suggestion made to the Board of Supervisors takes root.
Mar. 23, 2016 Mississippi House Bill 4—The Irony of It All
The Mississippi Legislature is considering a proposal, House Bill 4. The bill, aimed at public education, attempts to prescribe criteria to measure and ensure parent involvement. 
Mar. 15, 2016 Parents for Public Schools responds to House Bill 4

House Bill 4 is one of the over 300 that the legislature introduced this year. HB4 appears to value parental involvement, encouraging communication between schools, teachers and parents.  

Mar. 1, 2016 Parents for Public Schools hopes to foster improvement in Moss Point schools

The Moss Point chapter of Parents for Public Schools was officially chartered on Monday afternoon. With its inception, the total number of chapter in the state rose to five as Moss Point....

Mar. 1, 2016 Despite challenges, innovative parent program expands to second Seattle school

After piloting an award-winning parent engagement model at Seattle’s Dearborn Park International Elementary School last year...

Nov. 30, 2015 Grant Given to Parents for Public Schools in Philadelphia

An effort to keep parents connected to their child'simage educational success, a $20,000 grant was given to parents for public schools by AT&T Aspire.

Nov. 30, 2015 Parents for Public Schools joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

The National Office of Parents for Public Schools (PPS) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to...

Oct. 21, 2015 Parents for Public Schools Joins the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

The national office of Parents for Public Schools (PPS) proudly joins the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics’ 25th Anniversary Call to Action. 

Aug. 26, 2015 Parents for Public Schools Representative Joins East Mississippi Community

East Mississippi has a new ally in the work of strengthening and advocating for public schools. Sally Gray, a Parent Coach with the national office of Parents for Public Schools (PPS) for seven years

Aug. 21, 2015 Community Invited to Healthy Start Back to School Event

How healthy our children are is directly linked to how well they do in school according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  

Aug. 11, 2015 Parents for Public Schools Receives $300,000 Grant from Marguerite Casey Foundation

The national office of Parents for Public Schools (PPS) is pleased to announce it has received a three-year, $300,000 grant from the Marguerite Casey Foundation. 

Aug. 11, 2015 New Momentum After a Long Fight: Inside Kellogg's Push on Children and EquityThe high percentage of U.S. children living in poverty—one in five, at last count—hasn't changed much in the past few decades. And while you'd think that would be a national scan
The high percentage of U.S. children living in poverty—one in five, at last count—hasn't changed much in the past few decades. And while you'd think that would be a national scandal,
Aug. 4, 2015 Update: Pitt County Schools one step closer to punishing more cyberbullies

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – As the new school year is just weeks away, Pitt County Schools is looking to update its policy manual.

Jun. 26, 2015 As a new effort to increase charter schools launches, public school advocates push back
A group calling itself the Cincinnati Educational Justice Coalition packed 60 people into a small conference room at the West End YMCA June 18 to discuss solutions to a long-standing issue...
Jun. 12, 2015 Parents want say in district decisions — before they are done deals or become nasty fights
Seattle Public Schools scarcely makes a move without some kind of “public engagement” to give parents and community members a chance to be heard.
Jun. 10, 2015 Public school backers step up push to roll back GOP
Public school advocates across Wisconsin are ramping up their opposition to a slate of GOP-led K-12 fiscal and policy changes in the state budget proposal, as the clock winds down on budget activity
May. 11, 2015 Dumas named to 'Top 50 Under 40' list
Mississippi State's director of university parking, transit and sustainability is a recipient of a Mississippi Business Journal annual honor.
May. 11, 2015 Parent program in Pitt Co. looks for applicants

A program for parents in Pitt County is looking for members for next year's class.

May. 1, 2015 Jackson Public Schools Code of Conduct: Seeking parental input

School will be out soon, but that doesn't mean school districts are NOT preparing for the next semester. Jackson public schools' Superintendent wants more input from parents on how to handle...

May. 1, 2015 Residents graduate from parent training

In the past two months, 24 Golden Triangle parents and community members graduated from a course that educates parents on the inner workings of public schools.

Apr. 20, 2015 Academic gains in southeast Seattle aren’t limited to Rainier Beach High

A recent Education Lab story about a big turnaround at Seattle’s Rainier Beach High attracted a lot of attention, with many people cheering the improvement at the long-struggling school.

Apr. 20, 2015 Group elevates role of parents

Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County held its first Parent Engagement Program graduation Wednesday at the Pitt County Office Complex.

Mar. 4, 2015 Parent training comes to Golden Triangle

Local parents interested in making an impact in their public schools are in luck.

Feb. 13, 2015 Consolidation will benefit local school districts

School policy is a delicate issue. It requires open, honest, respectful and compassionate conversations. It is a particularly challenging issue in which to engage in dialogue because at the...

Jan. 29, 2015 New York Regents: Questions About Common Core, Cheating And Test Security Raised Amid Rescheduling, Scoring Changes

The first major winter storm of the year forced the New York State Education Department to take an unprecedented action this week: They rescheduled exams needed to graduate from high school.

Jan. 29, 2015 Data Confirm Link Between Parent Fundraising, Student Achievement

Last winter, the San Francisco Public Press published a detailed, data-rich narrative showing how private funds have saved a few schools from the ravages of years of budget cuts, 

Jan. 6, 2015 PPSS Donates $4,100 to Streetsboro School District's Art Programs

Parents for Public Schools Streetsboro donated $4,100 to the Streetsboro schools' art programs at the Dec. 11 Streetsboro Board of Education meeting.

Dec. 5, 2014 Attacks on education

The calendar hasn’t even turned to the election year yet, but political demagoguery already is out of control in Mississippi.

Nov. 6, 2014 Parents, Educators and Communities Working Together To Make a Commitment to Children

In 1997 the Mississippi Legislature created a funding formula to ensure that children received a fair and equitable education no matter their zip code. The Mississippi Adequate Education Program

Oct. 29, 2014 Public education hailed at Columbia event

Speakers on Tuesday reminded those attending an event at the Activity & Recreation Center more than once that public education is the foundation of democracy.

Oct. 28, 2014 Gulf Coast Neighbors: Nonprofit founder Anthony Herbert has intense focus on education

Anthony L. Herbert Sr. of Ocean Springs is an educator and an entrepreneur.

Herbert has worked in various roles with the Pascagoula Schools since 2000, including Technology teacher at PHS...

Oct. 28, 2014 Campaign Corner: No on Ballot Measure 4

The essence of the Constitutional Amendment Question No. 4 is to give a green light to use public funds for private preschools. This plan would take the money that once was available for junior...

Sep. 29, 2014 Parent-Teacher Communication Could Raise Miss. Graduation Rates

Mississippi has one of the lowest graduation rates in the nation with 75-percent of students receiving a high school diploma. That's according to the state Department of Education.

Sep. 18, 2014 Program will pay parents to volunteer in classroom

Parents who want to play a larger role in their child's education could soon be given a financial incentive to volunteer in the classroom.

Sep. 17, 2014 Chiquita Jones – Making Education a Community Effort

Chiquita Jones is the modern day Fannie Lou Hamer of education in Philadelphia, Mississippi. “In the 2011 Parent Leadership Institute, which was the first class in East Mississippi,

Sep. 9, 2014 50-State Look at How Common Core Playing out in US

A state-by-state look at the Common Core standards:

Sep. 9, 2014 Pilot program to train Seattle parents for larger role at school

Many parents long for a greater role in their children’s schools, something beyond being asked to raise money. 

Sep. 5, 2014 Parents for Public Schools of Jackson Provides Internship Opportunities to JPS Students

Several Jackson Public Schools (JPS) students participated in the Parents for Public Schools of Jackson (PPSJ) Summer Internship Initiative: Engage, Educate, Employ program held during the summer

Aug. 25, 2014 PDK/Gallup Poll: When Answers Mean More Questions

This is the 46th year for the annual PDK/Gallup Poll, a survey that wants to know what the public thinks about their public schools. 

Aug. 22, 2014 PRESS RELEASE: Parents for Public Schools Supports Department of Education's Decision on Student Testing

Parents for Public Schools (PPS), a national organization committed to engaging parents to strengthen public schools, has released the following statement in response to the...

Aug. 21, 2014 Announcing our inaugural grantees: Parents for Public Schools San Francisco and the Four Block Foundation

We are excited today to announce the first winners of Udemy’s Social Innovation Grant program. Parents for Public Schools in San Francisco and the Four Block Foundation in New York will...

Aug. 19, 2014 Bells, Backpacks and Open Doors

There is something almost magical about the beginning of a new school year. It is always full of hope and new possibilities.

Aug. 1, 2014 Grant to help promote public schools

As the first year for Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County ends, a $60,000 grant will help the organization kickstart another year.

Jul. 3, 2014 City schools to change 'Tornado Time' due to schedule conflicts

Philadelphia Middle and High schools will have students setting alarm clocks a few minutes earlier next year. Changes in scheduling have led to Tornado Time being moved to before first period.

Jul. 3, 2014 Taking MAEP to the People

One-hundred-seventy-four men and women comprise the Mississippi Legislature. About 1.3 million comprise the state's electorate. Education advocates hoping to make adequate schools funding...

Jul. 1, 2014 Superintendent Departs at Critical Time for Milwaukee Public Schools

After four years on the job, Monday is officially Gregory Thornton’s last day as superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools.

Jul. 1, 2014 Don’t overlook good news in graduation rates

Like high schools across the state and nation, North Texas campuses have finished graduation season. As a former school board member in one of those districts, I can say there was no more...

Jun. 24, 2014 Who Is Failing, the Schools or Us?

The past few weeks have been graduation season at high schools across America. The Class of 2014 has been unleashed on the world! 

Jun. 20, 2014 Parents seek ballot initiative to fully fund public education

Parents in area schools are requesting voter's signatures for a ballot initiative to fully fund public education.

Jun. 18, 2014 Parents' group president: District's problems won't be solved by Contreras' ouster

A parents' group is hoping this week's no-confidence vote in Syracuse City Schools Superintendent Sharon Contreras will spark dialogue about how to confront the district's challenges.

Jun. 3, 2014 A Downside to Reading to Your Child?

Sometimes it seems like parents just can’t win. Now they’re being blamed for their children’s education failures because they help with homework!

May. 19, 2014 Two views of Syracuse school board dissenter: 'immature' or 'blunt truthfulness' (Your letters)

On Wednesday morning, we read with dismay and disappointment the immature lack of professionalism and incredible level of disrespect exhibited by Commissioner Max Ruckdeschel during...

May. 12, 2014 PPSHI In the News – “Going Public”

Attorney Clare Hanusz was surprised by the reaction after she was quoted briefly at the tail end of a newspaper story reporting annual tuition increases at Hawaii private schools. 

Apr. 28, 2014 Josette Ayres Recognized by Cen-Tex

Josette Ayres, owner of All Star Screen Printing and Promotions, is the Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Month for April.

Apr. 25, 2014 Community invited to Streetsboro student art show May 5-16

Student art will be on display at the Robinson Health Center at Streetsboro from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., May 5-16 for an art show organized by the Parents for Public Schools Streetsboro.

Apr. 25, 2014 Welcome to the Farm

I hear a lot these days about how standardized, high-stakes testing has killed creativity and innovation in the classrooms of America. I can understand why so many people think this is true...

Apr. 9, 2014 LFA: Give Educators More Time to Successfully Implement Common Core State Standards

The Learning First Alliance today called on policy makers to allow more time for the formal implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS), particularly the... 

Apr. 9, 2014 Aldermen appoint Nell Rogers to city School Board post

A new city School Board member from Ward 1 was appointed by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen last week following a lengthy discussion.

Apr. 8, 2014 African-Americans Say 'Parent Involvement' Key to School Success

The "lack of parental involvement" is the biggest issue affecting black students' quality of education.

That is one of major findings in a new national survey of African Americans on factors in...

Apr. 7, 2014 Empowering parents for student success

Developing strong parent leaders and advocates is changing the once disconnected relationship between parents and educators in Jackson and putting children on track to succeed.

Apr. 7, 2014 Starkville Schools Uniting As Consolidation Nears

In 1998 and eight years before they had children, Michelle Jones and her husband, Briar, a Starkville native, moved backed to his hometown from Jackson. They chose Starkville for economic...

Apr. 4, 2014 Wake Up! This Fantasy is a Nightmare

Put on your rose colored glasses.

Imagine this fantasy. When it comes to academic success, all children are immune to: their parents, access to food and health care, vision or hearing issues...

Apr. 3, 2014 Public school advocates forming new Dane County group

A fledgling Dane County group of advocates for public schools is holding its first meeting Thursday in Madison.

Apr. 1, 2014 Speakers address Rotary about school consolidation

Executive Director of the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service and Rotarian Rex Buffington spoke to the Starkville Rotary Club about the progress that’s been made ahead of the Starkville...

Apr. 1, 2014 Parents and Student Achievement: What's For Lunch?

The story out of Uintah Elementary School in the Salt Lake City School District grabbed more than few hearts recently. Children going through the lunch line whose accounts were low had their...

Mar. 18, 2014 Launch Avondale program to assist youth in education and careers

The Avondale Youth Education, Career Development, and Job Placement Program is a comprehensive program for Avondale youth and their parents to take advantage of all the opportunities...

Mar. 18, 2014 A Syracuse ZIP code shouldn't mean less educational opportunity

Inequity in school funding in New York state has reached crisis proportions. Syracuse city school students feel the effects every day. It's time to take the politics out of education...

Mar. 7, 2014 School Board candidates find common ground on funding, achievement gap

The four candidates for three open positions on the Columbia School Board answered questions Thursday evening about next year's uncertain funding and the achievement gap, among other topics.

Feb. 20, 2014 Syracuse parents join a new school funding lawsuit against state

Twelve organizations and 15 parents across New York have joined together to sue the state over what they say are severe inequities in how funding for schools is allocated.

Jan. 24, 2014 Anatomy of a successful school board

While it may not be evident from voting patterns, casting votes for local school board members may have greater impact on a community’s overall quality of life than any other vote cast. 

Jan. 24, 2014 Educating, Engaging and Mobilizing Parents: A Conversation with Parents for Public Schools Executive Director Anne Foster

Parents for Public Schools Executive Director Anne Foster talk with Learning First Alliance about the mission of Parents for Public Schools. 

Jan. 23, 2014 Editorial: Parents best hope for schools

Two news stories this week each carry potential for helping public schools in Pitt County: A promise from Gov. Pat McCrory to win a pay increase for teachers, and, perhaps more indirectly,...

Jan. 7, 2014 Parents: Resolve To Find New Ways To Support Student Learning

With the rest of the nation's students heading back to school this week (except those in the snowy and frigid areas of our nation), I thought parents might benefit from New Year's resolutions that...

Dec. 16, 2013 Public schools beat private schools

Like man in their field, Christopher and Sarah Lubienski, education professors at the University of Illinois, had long taken it as a given that private schools generally outperform public schools.

Dec. 16, 2013 Five myths about Common Core school standards

The Common Core State Standards, which spell out what K-12 students should learn in school, are at the center of a heated debate: Who should control public education?

Dec. 10, 2013 In 'Day of Action,' teachers, parents call for more funding, fewer tests

Representatives from teachers unions, parent groups and state university faculty called for action Monday to increase funding for schools and decrease state and federal mandates they say are...

Dec. 10, 2013 Advocates rally in support of public education

Advocates for public education are calling for changes in education that will give every child in New York state access to high-quality public education. The message was made clear during...

Nov. 21, 2013 Q & A with William Winter: How has education and politics changed in Mississippi?

For years, Mississippi has wrestled with a segregated and unequal education system where kids often start behind and stay behind. The state’s former governor William Winter (1980-1984) has spent...

Nov. 20, 2013 Science Day huge success at PES

Deiondre Fox was all smiles as he lined up a shot with the air pressure-powered rocket launcher Friday at the Science Fun Day at Philadelphia Elementary School. 

Nov. 13, 2013 Seattle School District's scorecard shows unsettling numbers

Seattle schools' five year strategic plan ended on a negative note, but Superintendent Jose Banda on Tuesday stood before local and district leaders, focusing on the positive. 

Nov. 6, 2013 Volunteer earns nickname of 'eighth board member' of Cincinnati Public Schools

James “Jim” Berry, 71, of Over-the-Rhine has been an active volunteer for Cincinnati Public Schools for more than a decade.

Oct. 29, 2013 Cincinnati Public Schools board candidates make their cases for election in a crowded but open field

This year’s race for the Cincinnati Public Schools board is unusually wide open, with nine candidates with long resumes running for four seats. Just one incumbent, Melanie Bates, is in the field.

Oct. 28, 2013 S.F. schools combat online cruelty amid wide concern

With each beep or buzz, a message flashes across the screen: You're ugly. No one likes you. You're a slut.

You should kill yourself.

Oct. 21, 2013 CPS board candidates want to turn around poorest performers

Fixing Cincinnati’s lowest-performing neighborhood schools was the top priority for a slate of nine candidates at a forum Thursday night in Northside.

Oct. 21, 2013 Suburban teacher, Syracuse parent on teacher ratings: 'How is this helping kids?'

Susan Fahey Glisson has been a school librarian at Tecumseh Elementary in the Jamesville-DeWitt school district for the past 14 years, but last year she did something she never thought she would...

Oct. 16, 2013 Syracuse school board candidates face off Wednesday night

Candidates for Syracuse school board will face off Wednesday night at Roberts K-8 School in Syracuse.

Oct. 16, 2013 Miss. Education Program Aims to Nurture ‘Young Leaders’

A new nonprofit initiative to help students in Meridian, Miss. opened its doors last week, giving young people an opportunity to attend a year-round, after-school program that organizers...

Oct. 1, 2013 Rally against Milwaukee privatizing schools

Several hundred teachers, students, the Wisconsin AFL-CIO and other unions and community organizers marched Sept. 21 from the Milwaukee School of the Arts in downtown Milwaukee

Oct. 1, 2013 Poverty, family structure imprint Mississippi’s education fabric

Sometimes Darren Kennedy doesn’t do his school projects.

Darren, 13, is a bright seventh grader in the Nettleton School District with a budding creativity and a particular talent for writing...

Oct. 1, 2013 Obstacles, crises affect families, children’s education

Verona resident Minnie Plunkett waited on a recent Thursday in a pickup truck while her adult daughter went into a Tupelo food pantry, hoping to eliminate hunger from their list of worries...

Sep. 26, 2013 Courageous leadership a must for ed superintendent if changes to occur, stakeholders say

It takes courage to fix a school system that ranks at the bottom nationally when Mississippi children must compete globally, advocates and parents agreed.

Sep. 17, 2013 Graduation gaps among Miss. school districts glaring

Rico Walton Jr.’s mother died when he was 15 and his academic life soon spiraled downward. Infractions tallied up. Tardiness, talking back to teachers, threats and fights. Walton began his senior...

Sep. 17, 2013 MPS joins growing number of districts emphasizing performance

The dreaded F.

Most parents are alarmed by that letter on a child's report card. But they won't see it this year in Milwaukee's K-8 and elementary schools, as the district does...

Sep. 16, 2013 Public Education is a Civil Right March & Rally
On Saturday, September 21, students, parents, educators and friends of public schools from around Milwaukee and across Wisconsin will assemble at Milwaukee High School of the Arts at 10:30 a.m...
Aug. 27, 2013 Meetings seek community input on Springfield superintendent search

Two days of meetings intended to gather input about the community’s desired qualities for the next Springfield School District superintendent begin at noon Tuesday.

Aug. 27, 2013 New report card standards show rating drops

School district report cards are out from the state and they aren't very complimentary.

Aug. 23, 2013 Parents 'all in' for education: With debates behind them, stakeholders focusing on how to meet rising expectations

Twenty-six Oktibbeha County residents took to the Greensboro Center's auditorium stage Thursday with various concerns about an impending school merger,

Aug. 22, 2013 School Leaders, Parents Discuss Furthering Education

Dozens were on hand at Meridian High School as interim State Superintendent Dr. Lynn House addressed a number of educational concerns in Mississippi

Aug. 22, 2013 Leading Partners in Education Team Up to Raise School Achievement

When it comes to school improvement, parents are an integral part of the process. That’s why Generation Ready, one of the nation’s largest providers of professional development...

Aug. 21, 2013 Educational pledge re-ignites awareness as consolidation hearing approaches

Starkville's chapter of Parents for Public Schools and the Starkville Foundation for Public Education launched a 10-point pledge Tuesday to improve countywide education and promote one of the...

Aug. 8, 2013 Parents for Public Schools Announces Four New National Advisory Board Members

Parents for Public Schools is pleased to announce four new members of the PPS National Advisory Board, a group made up of individuals across the nation...

Aug. 6, 2013 Increasing parents’ involvement in schools ‘crucial’

Increasing parents’ involvement in the governance of state schools is crucial to their children’s education, and a new law will set out to do just that...

Aug. 6, 2013 Milwaukee Succeeds takes case to community

Only 2 percent of Milwaukee students of color in the class of 2012 met all four benchmark ACT scores in math, reading, science and English. This is according to statistics...
Jul. 31, 2013 Syracuse schools hire UCLA expert to study racially skewed student suspensions

Four months after UCLA released a scathing national report on the overuse of school suspensions, one of the authors of the report is consulting with the Syracuse school district.

Jul. 18, 2013 MPS close to meeting teacher staffing goal for new school year

The effort to fill hundreds of teacher positions in the Milwaukee Public Schools during the last five months has put the district in range to meet its goal of being fully staffed by the beginning..

Jun. 20, 2013 Third annual Coast Parent Leadership Institute accepting applications, deadline is July 1

The Parents for Public School is taking applications for their third annual Coast Parent Leadership Institute, accorrding to Myya Robinson.

The application deadline is July 1.

Jun. 19, 2013 Can Parents Save American Education?

Research suggests that students whose parents are involved in their schooling make better grades and are more likely to go to college, and some states -- with California leading the way of course...

Jun. 19, 2013 On school discipline, to play the race card is to pay: Commentary from a Syracuse parent

I was one of the many concerned citizens who packed the Henninger High School cafeteria at the recent Parents for Public School meeting, at which a parent passionately uttered the sentence,...

Jun. 13, 2013 Pitt County NC is the newest PPS Chapter Location

The newest member of the PPS Network of Chapters is Pitt County, NC.   The parents and schools in Pitt County have gained a strong advocate for their public schools as PPS expands its reach...

Jun. 5, 2013 Parents offer suggestions to SCSD

Parents and community members had the floor while Syracuse school board members and the superintendent listened to their concerns, ideas and suggestions.

Jun. 5, 2013 Syracuse parents voice concerns, suggestions at meeting

Dozens of Syracuse parents filled the cafeteria inside Henninger High School on Tuesday night, sharing their concerns about the district's schools.

Jun. 5, 2013 Syracuse parents speak out to school board -- and each other -- at forum

A standing-room crowd of about 150 parents and other Syracuse residents filled the Henninger High School cafeteria tonight to address the school board about issues in the schools.

Jun. 3, 2013 Syracuse parents' group sets forum with school board members, superintendent

Parents for Public Schools of Syracuse will hold a forum Tuesday night to allow parents and community members to address city school district officials.

Jun. 3, 2013 Controversial JFC plan will expand vouchers statewide; throw ‘bread-crumbs’ to public schools

Parents are reacting strongly and negatively to the shocking statewide voucher expansion deal reported by media and referenced by GOP legislators over the last 36 hours.

May. 20, 2013 Education issues focus of forum for Jackson mayoral candidates

One thing is certain: If Jackson’s next mayor is Jonathan Lee, Chokwe Lumumba or Chip Williams, it will be someone who is interested in making sure the capital city puts an emphasis on education...

May. 13, 2013 School officers take a hit in city budget

Cincinnati Public Schools officials were surprised by a proposal to remove police resource officers from schools and to put those officers on city streets to replace laid-off police officers.

May. 9, 2013 Childhood Hunger During the Summer

The following is an important message from our partner, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), about childhood hunger during the summer.

May. 2, 2013 Seattle mayor candidates debate education

In the second debate in as many nights, eight candidates for Seattle mayor argued Tuesday night about the city’s role in improving education.

May. 2, 2013 Candidates address education issues during forum at PHS

The city's three mayoral candidates and others outlined their plans to support public education during a candidates' forum last week in the Philadelphia High School Auditorium.

Apr. 30, 2013 What would a 'Latin school' in Syracuse look like?

Superintendent Sharon Contreras’ proposal to create a “Syracuse Latin” school in the city, where selected high-achieving students would be given an accelerated, “classical” education...

Apr. 23, 2013 Single father Charles Husband named JPS Parent of the Year

A common fixture in the classroom at George Elementary in Jackson is Charles Husband.

Apr. 23, 2013 Parents for Public Schools to offer first training course in area

Parents for Public Schools, a national organization founded and headquartered in Jackson, is offering a Parent Engagement Program (PEP) this fall at Plymouth Bluff Center in Columbus...

Feb. 27, 2013 Forum focuses on issues of 'student nomads'

The complex problem of student mobility gained broader attention Tuesday, when about 100 people attended a forum at the United Way in Walnut Hills.

Feb. 19, 2013 Syracuse schools to undergo major teacher shuffle this fall

Syracuse -- At least five Syracuse schools – and possibly as many as seven -- will have to replace their principals and at least half their teachers by September.

Feb. 12, 2013 Community groups, union, hold “town hall” on public schools

Parents, community groups, and the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers held a town hall meeting last week to “develop ways to work together to improve the city’s schools”...

Feb. 4, 2013 Middle school tours meant to put parents fears to rest

Remember back when you were 11 or 12 years old?

Middle school was much more than just making the grade - and parents can be just as anxious as their children transition from grade school to...

Jan. 31, 2013 Mississippi's School Choice

Public education is the big topic at the Mississippi Capitol this legislative session, as it should always be. Mississippi’s future sits in those classrooms.

Jan. 29, 2013 When Parents and Schools Work Together, Everyone Wins!

In Texas, parents are talking about what many consider excessive, high-stakes testing. In California, parents are advocating for better funding for the state’s public schools.

Jan. 28, 2013 Defend public schools, our children, our democracy

We need communitywide discussion and action to protect the future of the Milwaukee Public Schools.

We welcome input from all who believe in and support quality public education for all children.

Jan. 16, 2013 Loome: Best school reform helps all students

School reform should be focused on helping all students, the executive director of The Parents Campaign told a Tupelo audience on Tuesday night.

Jan. 16, 2013 Hot Topic: Charter Schools

This brief article and these charts will provide questions and tips that can help parents and chapters make sense of the charter school issue and all of its implications.

Jan. 8, 2013 Any charter school legislation should include basic principles

Mississippi’s state leaders are determined to pass charter school legislation this legislative session. Charter schools are being promoted as a panacea for K-12 education in Mississippi...

Dec. 18, 2012 School Beat: Schools and California’s New Political Terrain

My daughter came home from school the other day frustrated and angry. She had been excited the evening before because she’d learned that having finished The Odyssey her ninth-grade English class...

Nov. 29, 2012 MUW Center for Creative Learning partners with Parents for Public Schools

The Roger F. Wicker Center for Creative Learning at Mississippi University for Women has partnered with Parents for Public Schools to offer the first statewide conference for parents...

Nov. 27, 2012 Preparing parents to advocate for a child with autism

Parents are expected to advocate for their children in a multitude of situations. It begins early with navigating their children’s physical and emotional well-being.

Nov. 26, 2012 New council seeks to unite THS, community

Nearly 30 stakeholders from a variety of groups met for the first time last week to discuss issues involving Tupelo High School and possible solutions.

Nov. 26, 2012 Public School Informational Meeting to be Held Monday

Parents for Public Schools, a nonprofit organization is promoting a meeting Monday evening at 6:00 PM at East Mississippi Electric Power Association's Auditorium on Highway 39 in Meridian.

Nov. 26, 2012 Parents for Public Schools donates $3,892 for school organizations, art programs

Parents for Public Schools Streetsboro donated $3,892 to local schools at a Nov. 8 Board of Education meeting.

Nov. 5, 2012 Hazlehurst parents are learning to help kids succeed in school

Thirty parents stood in front of their classmates Saturday afternoon in the Parents for Public Schools Parent Engagement Program explaining how they can help improve the Hazlehurst School District...

Nov. 1, 2012 The Candidates' Plans: How Will They Affect You?

With less than a week before the presidential election, polls show the two frontrunners neck-and-neck in a campaign focused largely on health care and economic issues.

Oct. 24, 2012 Parent Trigger law

If your child attends a failing school, there may be something you can do about it.  This is the first year parents have the opportunity to take control of their child’s education.

Oct. 24, 2012 PPS to Participate in Digital Learning Day

Parents for Public Schools is pleased to announce that we are a core partner in the Alliance for Excellent Education's 2013 “Digital Learning Day” campaign. Digital Learning Day is a nationwide...

Oct. 24, 2012 Connie Jo Williams emphasizes early education at Lunch Bunch meeting

Dr. Connie Jo Williams told parents on Wednesday that 50 percent of children's cognitive skills have been developed by the time they reach four years old, and the number of beds put in prisons...

Oct. 18, 2012 Parents, educators discuss Cincinnati Public Schools grade drop

Parents, teachers and education officials met to discuss upcoming curriculum changes after learning that the Cincinnati Public Schools report card rating dropped.

Oct. 5, 2012 Parents for Public Schools Streetsboro to host discussion on school funding Oct. 16

Parents for Public Schools Streetsboro will host a school funding forum featuring the Coalition for Public Education Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.

Oct. 5, 2012 PRIMER: Cincinnati Public Schools levy

Renewal of a 5-year, 8.55-mill emergency operating levy that expires in December, 2013. It would generate $51.5 million a year for the district and would lower taxes by $10.

Sep. 25, 2012 S.F. school board faces tough choices

The district is implementing a plan to require every high school graduate to complete a college prep curriculum. The class of 2014 is the first to fall under the new requirement.

Sep. 25, 2012 Vouchers Gain Foothold Among State, Local Democrats

This year's presidential campaign offers at least one unequivocal contrast on education issues: The Republican candidate supports private school vouchers, and the Democratic incumbent does not.

Sep. 25, 2012 "What to Expect When You’re Expecting More Budget Cuts” previews education budget and policy reform

At the invitation of Parents for Public Schools-Milwaukee, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers will headline “What to Expect When You’re Expecting More Budget Cuts” at an event this

Sep. 18, 2012 Chicago Public Schools are in the news

Read this recent essay regarding one of the nation’s largest school districts by Joe Nocera.

Sep. 11, 2012 Anne Foster: Parent Trigger Laws

The first parent trigger law was enacted in California in 2010. Basically, it states if a majority of parents in a low-performing school sign a petition, they can take over a failing school

Aug. 27, 2012 Improve schools by socioeconomic integration

As I prepare to send my 5-year-old to kindergarten, I feel the excitement grow as we fill his backpack with supplies. The first day of school marks the beginning of many hopes and dreams.

Aug. 14, 2012 What are the Common Core State Standards?

A video on the higher expectations for a brighter future:  Ohio's New Learning Standards.

Aug. 13, 2012 Van Veckhoven Joins School Board

The Meridian School Board has a new member. The Meridian City Council has approved the appointment of Michael Van Veckhoven.

Van Veckhoven has been an avid supporter of public schools,

Jul. 30, 2012 JPS Parent of the Year Recognized as Finalist for State Parent of the Year

Tonya Murphy, a Rowan Middle School parent and the 2012 JPS Parent of the Year, was recognized as a State Parent of the Year finalist by the Mississippi State Board of Education during the Board's

Jul. 30, 2012 Community shakes hands with new TPSD superintendent

Parents, students, teachers and members of the community met new Tupelo Schools Superintendent Dr. Gearl Loden on Sunday afternoon and welcomed him to Tupelo, wished him luck and passed on a few words

Jul. 25, 2012 PPS Remembers William Raspberry

We were sorry to learn of Mr. William Raspberry's passing. In our early years, he wrote a Washington Post column about disparities in education and mentioned our organization: I've just seen a

Jul. 17, 2012 3 Minute Interview: Masharika Prejean Maddison

The new executive director of Parents for Public Schools–San Francisco - a network of parents who work with the school district to improve public education in The City - urges parents to volunteer

Jul. 10, 2012 PPS Welcomes Richard C. Harwood to the National Advisory Board

Parents for Public Schools is very pleased to welcome Richard C. Harwood to our Advisory Board.

Jul. 2, 2012 Gray ready to lead JPS: Superintendent coming with new top administrators

Cedrick Gray was in elementary school when a teacher told him, in so many words, that a black kid from the projects can't make it.

Jul. 2, 2012 PPS of Jackson PLI Graduate Named Parent of the Year for Congressional District 3

2011-2012 JPS Parent of the Year Tonja Murphy was named the Parent of the Year for Congressional District 3 by the Mississippi Department of Education.
Jun. 20, 2012 Anne Foster: Too Much Emphasis On Testing?

The Texas House Public Education Committee heard testimony Tuesday about the impact of the state’s new standardized test on education.

Jun. 7, 2012 PPS of Syracuse Celebration of Excellence

Parents for Public Schools of Syracuse, Inc. held their annual Celebration of Excellence on May 30th by honoring outstanding members of their school communities.

Jun. 1, 2012 Parents for Public Schools Announces New Chapter in Milwaukee

Parents for Public Schools announced recently the launch of its only Wisconsin chapter, incorporated in Milwaukee by Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) parents. Parents for Public Schools of Milwaukee, In

May. 15, 2012 Beat the Boredom

Beat summertime boredom by springing into action.That's the idea behind a program designed to give children from kindergarten to high school something productive to do when they are out of school for

May. 10, 2012 Advocates to rally for public education Friday in Syracuse

NYSUT President Richard C. Iannuzzi will join hundreds of educators, parents and students from across Central New York at a rally Friday in support of the state's public education system,

May. 8, 2012 JPS Rezoning Plans - Parents for Public Schools of Greater Jackson

For the PPSJ May Lunch Bunch, we invited Mr. Eric Stringfellow to speak to parents and community members about the recently board-approved rezoning plans for JPS, which will affect nearly all students

May. 8, 2012 Dr. Sargent Addresses Community Concerns at Parents for Public Schools Lunch Bunch Event

At the Parents for Public Schools Lunch Bunch held May 2, 2012, Dr. Jayne B. Sargent, interim superintendent of Jackson Public Schools, addressed the attendees about the district's recently approved r

May. 7, 2012 Mississippi Schools To Be Given Letter Grades

Public schools in Mississippi could soon be rated in the same way that students are graded. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that a bill headed to the Governor's desk would replace the current

May. 1, 2012 Peter Knoblock's vision: Create a nurturing, inclusive environment for all children

An inner-city Salvation Army building in Michigan housed a small group of children with Down syndrome. When Peter Knoblock arrived as a senior in college, he noticed a major problem.

Apr. 30, 2012 Rezoning means school closure, students moving

Bailey's student would go to Callaway, Lanier or Murrah. The rezoning would be a vehicle to even out the enrollment.

Apr. 27, 2012 JPS rezoning approach criticized

Under a rezoning plan for Jackson Public Schools, one school will close and the mission of another will change. Special programs will be consolidated.

Apr. 26, 2012 Meridian Public Schools Names Parent of the Year

Each year Meridian Public Schools honors parents who go above and beyond to help support teachers and students throughout the district.

Apr. 23, 2012 PPS of Houston Presents Education Series

Parents for Public Schools of Houston proudly presents an education series to identify individuals and organizations making a positive difference in the Greater Houston Education Village.

Apr. 19, 2012 JPS Senior Wins Computer

A senior at Murrah High School was surprised while sitting in class Tuesday morning.  Kenya Odems will now be heading to college next fall with a free laptop computer.

Apr. 18, 2012 Syracuse school board to consider 2012-13 district budget

The Syracuse school board on Wednesday will consider the superintendent’s proposed 2012-13 district budget, which would increase spending by 9.5 percent and borrow $24 million against future state