PPS currently has 18 chapters in 13 states and is always interested in expanding. Although each chapter has its own identity and the ability to respond to local challenges, a chapter’s work is supported by the national organization with professional expertise and collaborative power. Chapters benefit from working with a network of other parents across the United States and are able to avoid “reinventing the wheel.”
Establishing a local chapter of PPS is a process, requiring commitment and strategic thinking and an understanding of the local community. PPS staff provides expertise and assistance to new chapters, and once established, we know from experience that public schools benefit. For examples of the accomplishments of our chapters, please click here. And to learn more about establishing a chapter, click here.
This is just a sampling of what our PPS chapters accomplish:
- Organize and lead parent forces that meet regularly with superintendents to accelerate school improvement and develop system-wide solutions to school problems;
- Participate in the development and implementation of higher standards of achievement for students, teachers, and administrators;
- Train parents to participate effectively on school-based decision making committees;
- Promote public school enrollment by hosting school tours for preschool and other prospective public school parents and providing accurate public school information to realtors and their clients;
- Monitor school board meetings to bring parents’ concerns to the attention of their local boards and to educate parents about relevant issues facing their district;
- Sponsor city-wide coalitions that encourage dialogue and problem solving around potentially divisive issues such as fiscal equity, overcrowding, and violence;
- Educate communities about the importance of school funding – and demanding parent participation in setting spending priorities; and
- Develop media campaigns to highlight the value of public education and working with editorial boards to ensure balance coverage of the public schools.