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A Bill of Rights and Responsibilities for Learning:
Standards of Conduct, Standards of Achievement

The traditional mission of our public schools has been to prepare our nationís young people for equal and responsible citizenship and productive adulthood. Today, we reaffirm that mission by remembering that democratic citizenship and productive adulthood begin with standards of conduct and standards for achievement in our schools. Other education reforms may work; high standards of conduct and achievement do work¾ and nothing else can work without them.

 Recognizing that rights carry responsibilities, we declare that:

  1. All students and school staff have a right to schools that are safe, orderly and drug free.
  2. All students and school staff have a right to learn and work in school districts and schools that have clear discipline codes with fair and consistently enforced consequences for misbehavior.
  3. All students and school staff have a right to learn and work in school districts that have alternative educational placements for violent or chronically disruptive students.
  4. All students and school staff have a right to be treated with courtesy and respect.
  5. All students and school staff have a right to learn and work in school districts, schools and classrooms that have clearly stated and rigorous academic standards.
  6. All students and school staff have a right to learn and work in well-equipped schools that have the instructional materials needed to carry out a rigorous academic program.
  7. All students and school staff have a right to learn and work in schools where teachers know their subject matter and how to teach it.
  8. All students and school staff have a right to learn and work in school districts, schools and classrooms where high grades stand for high achievement and promotion is earned.
  9. All students and school staff have a right to learn and work in school districts and schools where getting a high school diploma means having the knowledge and skills essential for college or a good job.
  10. All students and school staff have a right to be supported by parents, the community, public officials and business in their efforts to uphold high standards of conduct and achievement.

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