PPS was formed in 1989 by a group of parents in Jackson, Mississippi to recruit families to support public education. Within less than two years, 800 families had organized and helped to pass a $35 million bond issue, the first in more than two decades. After this early success, public education advocates and supporters urged PPS to create a national organization, which was later established in 1991.
Today, there are 17 PPS chapters located in 11 states. Although each chapter has its own identity; the chapters’ work is enhanced as a part of a larger national network that provides a source of power, support, and expertise.
Leadership Development for Parents – to build a powerful network of parents who are equipped with leadership skills to engage in school improvement efforts at the local, state, and national level.
Public Awareness for Parent Engagement – to build greater awareness of and support for parent engagement as a school improvement strategy.
Organizing for Action – to mobilize parents and their supporters to work to achieve equitable distribution of resources to support public education and access to opportunities for all students.