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July 18, 2024 in Press Release

Parents for Public Schools Joins Forces with Evidence Advocacy Center

JACKSON, MS - Parents for Public Schools® (PPS) is proud to announce its membership with the Evidence Advocacy Center (EAC), a new organization dedicated to transforming the education system through evidence-based resources (EBRs). The expectation is that these resources, curated by trustworthy organizations, will inform education policy and practice, and will be utilized by state departments of education, school districts, educator preparation programs, policy makers, advocacy organizations, and parent and family advocates. The establishment of EAC marks a significant step toward enhancing public education by ensuring all students, especially those from vulnerable and marginalized populations, receive an outstanding education that…
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February 25, 2024 in Press Release

PPS Receives State-level Systemic Change Grant from Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

(JACKSON, MS, February 21, 2024) Parents for Public Schools® (PPS) is thrilled to announce the receipt of a significant expansion grant aimed at fortifying efforts to enhance public education across North Carolina. This $140,000 grant, awarded by Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, will empower PPS to drive systemic change in collaboration with local partners, fostering a unified force for educational advancement across the state. With a steadfast commitment to equipping advocates at all levels---from local schools to school districts as well as at the state level---PPS will leverage its Parent Engagement Program (PEP) to drive impactful initiatives with this grant. The…
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October 17, 2023 in Press Release

Parents for Public Schools® Appoints New Director of Development

(JACKSON, MS, October 17, 2023) Parents for Public Schools (PPS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Beth Lardie as its new Director of Development. In this role, Sarah Beth will lead the organization’s fundraising and development efforts, driving the mission to new heights and ensuring a bright future for PPS. Joann Mickens, executive director of PPS says, “We are excited about bringing Sarah Beth onto our staff. Her knowledge and experience are just what we need to build our capacity and help ensure our future sustainability.” Sarah Beth brings nearly two decades of experience in advancing the mission,…
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September 22, 2023 in Press Release

Parents for Public Schools® Receives $550,000 grant from organization founder, Dick Molpus

(JACKSON, MS, September 22, 2023) Parents for Public Schools (PPS) is pleased to announce a three-year, $550,000 grant received from founder and supporter, Dick Molpus. The grant focuses on the long-term sustainability of the organization by providing funds to add a staff member focused on development and fundraising. Additional funding will strengthen PPS’ national infrastructure and initiatives as well as its chapters’ work across the nation. Further, this grant will aid in building the organization’s capacity to continue its advocacy on behalf of the nation’s public schools. Joann Mickens, Executive Director of PPS, stated: “We are honored that our founder, Dick Molpus,…
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