A SCHOOL THAT HAS adequate, equitable funding that reflects the national average.
A SOCIALLY AND CULTURALLY DIVERSE SCHOOL that is racially and economically integrated.
EDUCATORS that are trauma-informed and trained in using SEL (social and emotional learning) tools
EDUCATORS that reflect the race and ethnicity of the students they serve.
SCHOOL-BASED SUPPORT SERVICES at every school. Schools need school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, and school nurses to address the social, emotional and health needs of all students.
A HEALTHY AND SAFE SCHOOL CLIMATE with consistent discipline practices that promote fair and respectful treatment of students and encourage students to stay in school and graduate.
A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT where parents and teachers work together preparing students for career or college.
SMALL CLASS SIZES in grades K-5. Better student outcomes result when teachers have time to give individual attention to each child.
A TEACHER ASSISTANT IN EVERY K-3 Classroom to provide critical one-on-one instructional time as young children learn to read. Grades 4 and 5 should have at least one teacher assistant shared by two classes.
ACCESS TO HIGH-QUALITY PRE-SCHOOL so every child comes to school “kindergarten ready.”
A WELL-ROUNDED AND INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM that advances each child and includes the arts, world languages, music, technology and physical education.
EXCELLENT AND CARING TEACHERS who help each student achieve academically. To attract and keep the best teachers, we must:
- Give teachers reasonable class sizes and manageable workloads
- Pay teachers fairly and provide them with due process rights
- Reward teachers for experience and advanced degrees
- Provide teachers with ongoing access to professional development resources
- Evaluate teachers fairly using a variety of tools, not just student test scores
ACCESS TO HIGH-QUALITY TEXTBOOKS, technology and other instructional supplies.
REASONABLE WAYS TO MEASURE ACADEMIC PROGRESS without over-testing.
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Last revised: April 8, 2020