A meeting to help parents and others understand more about student achievement and the school board's role in engaging parents and the community for public schools is set for Thursday.

A group of Philadelphia parents who are Certified Parent Leaders through Parents for Public Schools will host the meeting for elected officials, parents and the community-at-large beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Philadelphia High School cafeteria.

Most of the city leaders have committed to attending this event, organizers said.

"People who educate themselves about the academic challenges within their public schools increase their capacity to improve education for all children," the Certified Parent Leaders said.

"We all have a vital role in the success of our schools. Our schools have a vital role in the success of our children and, therefore, in the future of our entire community."

Certified Parent Leaders from Philadelphia will present a district-wide view of our public schools and specific information regarding the one subject that impacts all other subjects, throughout all grade levels, and can largely determine the child's success in life. Information will also be presented regarding the school board's role in engaging parents and the community in helping the district succeed.

Anyone who would like more information about Parents for Public Schools is invited to explore its website at www.parents4publicschools.org.