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Press Release: Parents for Public Schools Joins the Learning First Alliance

Parents for Public Schools Joins the Learning First Alliance

Parents for Public Schools’ executive director to serve on Alliance’s board as it continues its work for the advancement of public education

Washington, D.C. – January 13, 2014 – The Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of leading education organizations representing more than 10 million parents, educators and policymakers, welcomes Parents for Public Schools (PPS) as a new member to the Alliance. A national non-profit organization that promotes and strengthens public schools by engaging, educating and mobilizing parents, PPS will join LFA’s other member organizations in collectively working to advance public education nationwide.

“Through their community-based chapters, engagement programs, and leadership and empowerment training, Parents for Public Schools works diligently to increase parental engagement in the many facets of children’s public education,” said Cheryl S. Williams, executive director of the Learning First Alliance. “We welcome this organization to our Alliance and look forward to ongoing collaboration with them as we work to improve public education.”

PPS has local chapters throughout the country that work to elevate the role of parents in public schools from passive consumers to active participants. The organization helps accomplish its mission through strategies and programs that educate, engage and mobilize parents. Through its ongoing work, PPS’ parents help raise standards, solve problems and advocate for their community.

PPS’ executive director, Anne W. Foster, will also join the LFA Board of Directors. Prior to joining PPS in 2009, Foster served as a three-term elected school board member for the Richardson Independent School District in Texas, including seven years as board president.

Foster was the first executive director of Raise Your Hand Texas, graduated from Leadership Texas and Leadership Texas Association of School Boards, and received the Outstanding Communicator Award by the National School Public Relations Association. A former realtor, Foster also founded Realtors Supporting Richardson Schools and served as a commentator on public education for KERA public radio in Dallas.

About Parents for Public Schools, Inc.
PPS is a national non-profit organization which promotes and strengthens public schools by engaging, educating and mobilizing parents. Founded in Jackson, Mississippi, there are 18 PPS chapters in 13 states, with more chapters to come. Visit them online at www.parents4publicschools.org to learn about their quest to ensure a quality education for all students.

About The Learning First Alliance
The Learning First Alliance is a partnership of leading education associations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America’s public schools. Alliance members include: the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, AASA: The School Superintendents Association, American Federation of Teachers, American School Counselor Association, International Society for Technology in Education, Learning Forward (formerly National Staff Development Council), National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Education Association, National PTA, National School Boards Association, National School Public Relations Association, Parents for Public Schools and Phi Delta Kappa International. The Alliance maintains www.learningfirst.org, a website that features what’s working in public schools and districts across the country.

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