- An "Education Declaration" listing seven key principles for genuine school reform was signed Tuesday by a coalition of educators, researchers, parents, activists and elected officials.
- The document's progressive school reform approach states that public education is "a public good" and calls for teachers to be properly trained and respected, for all students to receive opportunities to learn and for learning to be "engaging and relevant."
- Among the signees were Stanford University Professor Linda Darling-Hammond, education historian and activist Diane Ravitch, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, and National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel.
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... Americans have long looked to our public schools to provide opportunities for individual advancement, promote social mobility, and share democratic values. We have built great universities, helped bring children out of factories and into classrooms, held open the college door for returning veterans, fought racial segregation, and struggled to support and empower students with special needs. We believe good schools are essential to democracy and prosperity — and that it is our collective responsibility to educate all children, not just a fortunate few. ...