- Free, universal, high-quality public education is a fundamental right of all children and adolescents in the United States—from early childhood through college.
- Public education must remain an institution for the public good that ensures the betterment of all citizens.
- Public education must have visionary leadership.
- Equity and sufficiency of state and federal funding for public education must be addressed in order to meet the imperative to provide high-quality education for all.
- Responsible school and program choices must be offered within public education.
- Twenty-First Century learning environments must be designed to grow potential in every student.
- Curriculum in public schools must prepare students for a future of complexity and accelerating change.
- Assessment practices must support optimal progress for all students.
- The public’s right to understand and guide the education system must be reflected in equitable, reasonable, and accurate accountability methods.
- Teachers must be thoughtfully educated, highly regarded, valued, and respected members of a professional community.
- Teacher preparation programs must be designed as clinically based models of collaboration between teacher education and public preK-12 institutions.
- Vision and purpose should inform the kind of learning in which education professionals engage.
- Public education must identify and nurture innovation and creativity.
- Educators should embrace new technologies that support the teaching profession, lead to improved student learning, and are properly implemented by qualified teachers to enhance the learning process.