Parents Across America (PAA) is a non-partisan, non-profit grassroots organization that connects parents from all backgrounds across the U.S. to share ideas and work together to strengthen and support our nation’s public schools.
Parents Across America is committed to bringing the voice of public school parents – and common sense – to local, state and national debates.
PAA was founded by a group of parents active in their communities who recognized the need to collaborate for positive change rather than remain isolated in local battles. Since the top-down forces that are imposing their will on our schools have become national in scope, we need to be as well.
Up to now, the parent perspective has been almost entirely missing in the policy proposals being imposed on school districts across the nation. Many of these practices, focused on increased privatization, high stakes testing, mass school closures, school “choice,” and the deprofessionalism of teaching, are not based on solid research, and are not supported by most parents.
In contrast, we advocate for proven, progressive measures, such as a child-centered curriculum, a strong parent voice in school decision making, quality multiple assessments, adequate social services, and reduced class sizes.
PAA serves as a network for parents to share their concerns, activities, and strategies. We equip parents with the tools they need to advocate for progressive policies at the local, state and national levels.