At the recent Alliance Rep Assembly, the ARs approved a resolution in support of The Principles That Unite Us http://www.aft.org/pdfs/about/PrinciplesUniteUs2013.pdf The Principles that Unite Us, a common vision for public education to ensure that all school districts are committed to providing all children with a high-quality public education, emerged from twelve town hall meetings organized by AFT locals and their community partners and held across the country over the past year. More than 3,000 people participated in those meetings.The Principles were unveiled on Oct. 4-6 at the AFT Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Conference in Los Angeles. The document includes further description of the following principles:
- Public schools are public institutions.
- Our voices matter.
- Strong public schools create strong communities.
- Assessments should be used to improve instruction.
- Quality teaching must be delivered by committed, respected and supported educators.
- Schools must be welcoming and respectful places for all.
- Our schools must be fully funded for success and equity.
Read the complete description at: http://www.aft.org/pdfs/about/PrinciplesUniteUs2013.pdf
The Principles That Unite Us call to action states:
“Our schools belong to all of us: the students who learn in them, the parents who support them, the educators and staff who work in them and the communities that they anchor. No longer will we allow ourselves to be divided. We have developed these principles and are committed to working together to achieve the policies and practices that they represent. Corporate-style interventions that disregard our voices, and attempt to impose a system of winners and losers, must end. None of our children deserve to be collateral damage.
We call on our communities, and commit the power of the organizations that we represent, to pursue these principles in our schools, districts and states. Together, we will work nationally to make this vision of public education a reality.”