Membership

PARSS draws its members primarily from the rural areas of the State which comprise more than two thirds of the total area within Pennsylvania’s borders. The organization’s focus and purpose is to promote equal opportunity for quality education for ALL students in every school and community in Pennsylvania. Further, PARSS functions:

  • to research, collect and compile data and other information relating to the concerns, needs and problems of school districts, including rural and small school districts, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;
  • to formulate plans, proposals, subsidies and curricula to address the concerns, needs and problems of school districts, including rural and small school districts, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;
  • to inform the General Assembly and Board of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, other governmental bodies and agencies, and the general public of the concerns, needs and problems of school districts, including rural and small school districts, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;
  • to influence constitutional amendment, legislation, regulation and public policy so as to address the concerns, needs and problems of school districts, including rural and small school districts, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;
  • to prosecute litigation in the courts of the United States and of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the protection of the rights under existing law of school districts, including rural and small school districts, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and of the students served thereby;
  • to inform the members of PARSS of the activities of the Organization;
  • to solicit the support of the members of PARSS in disseminating the information gathered and promoting the policies advocated by the Organization; and
  • to do such other and further things as may be necessary, appropriate or convenient to the achievement of the foregoing purposes and which may lawfully be done by a nonprofit corporation under and pursuant to the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.