For Immediate Release
Jun. 6, 2017
Nita Rudy,, 601-969-6936 ext.310

Parents for Public Schools Receives $1,050,000 Grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Parents for Public Schools (PPS) is pleased to announce a three-year, $1,050,000 grant it has received from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. “This grant will enable PPS to achieve its mission of advancing the role of families and communities in securing a high quality public education for every child,” stated Steve Calloway, Board President.

This general support grant will further PPS’ effectiveness by strengthening staff community organizing capacity and, through high-quality technology, ramping up regular, robust and timely communications with a wide range of stakeholders. Drawing on increased organizing capacity and communications, PPS will deepen its efforts to build family and community member-led self-sustaining networks needed to give voice to the strong demand for quality public education. 

In addition to strengthening PPS’ national infrastructure and initiatives, as well as its chapters’ work across the nation, over the next three years, PPS will create a strong network of parents and community members who want to strengthen public schools in Mississippi. It will do so by engaging parents and caregivers in forums, provide parent engagement training, and support parents’ and community members drive to improve policies affecting children in the state’s public schools.

“We are honored that the W. K. Kellogg Foundation continues to support our intentional approach to engaging parents and community stakeholders that helps improve educational outcomes for children,” said Nita Rudy, Executive Director of Parents for Public Schools. “The role of parents and caregivers in their children’s educational achievement is a critical one.  The role communities play in strengthening local public schools is significant.  PPS works to provide families with tools to help them better advocate, lead, and partner with school and community leaders to support student success. The lives of our children and future of our democracy depends on the quality of inclusiveness and sustainability of public education.