Press release: For immediate release
On July 13, 2012, the State of Illinois issued Articles of Incorporation to Parents Across America, establishing the group as an official not-for-profit charitable corporation.
The first Board of Directors for the new non-profit organization was selected from among the PAA founders. The members are:
Andrea Mérida, Denver, CO
Dora Taylor, Seattle, WA
Julie Woestehoff, Chicago, IL
Karen Miller, Houston, TX
Karran Harper Royal, New Orleans, LA
Natalie Beyer, Durham, NC
Pamela Grundy, Charlotte, NC
Board members bios are here.
Major goals for the Board of Directors include carrying out all requirements for becoming a 501c3 charitable organization under federal tax law, including establishing a permanent governance structure. The Board also looks forward to working with PAA’s dynamic membership to continue reaching out to an ever-broader range of parents and communities, as well as strengthening the voices of parents in educational policy-making at local, state and national levels.
“As parents we believe that every child deserves an excellent public education,” said Natalie Beyer, a member of the Board of Education in Durham, North Carolina and a founder of the advocacy group Public Schools NC. “We’re proud to be bringing the voices of parents from around the country into key policy issues such as the overdue reauthorization of No Child Left Behind and laws that threaten to privatize our school
“At a time when astroturf groups have huge budgetsto promote “school improvement” strategies that don’t work and may actually harm children, PAA is ready to speak the truth to power and fight for high-quality schools for every child,” added Dora Taylor, a founder of PAA-Seattle and the blog Seattle Education 2010.
Parents Across America was established early in 2011 by a group of grassroots leaders from around the country, who sought to pool ideas and resources to advocate for better schools for all this country’s children.
Please visit our web site, www.parentsacrossamerica.org, to see what PAA has been doing to inform and support parents so they can be strong advocates for their children’s education.