News & Commentary

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. 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. 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 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. 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. 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 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. 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. 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 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.
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.

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