Welcome to the American Planning Association Public Schools Interest Group! This APA Interest Group was created to allow community planners to collaborate and share perspectives about public schools. We welcome new members, so please contact us if you would like to be involved in this group.
The APA Public Schools Interest Group was established in September 2015 for community planners working as practicing planners or as academics who wish to create stronger linkages between public school districts and local planning departments. Issues such as homelessness, poverty, inadequate health care, crime, poor transportation choices, and increasing racial segregation create significant disadvantages for students. If planners want to create great communities, they need to help create great public schools as well. Great public schools can only happen if planners are addressing these other school related issues in cooperation with their local school districts. The APA Public Schools Interest Group includes professional planners who work for local public school districts, planning professors who are experts in education, transportation, and housing, as well as private and public sector planners. The current Co-Chairs are Shannon Jaax, AICP, Carrie Makarewicz, Ph.D., Mathew Palmer, and Candace H. Stowell, AICP.
This interest group is affiliated with the American Planning Association (APA) but does not require membership in APA or membership dues. As of July 1, 2018, there are 150 members.