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Declaration of Principles on Public Education, Democracy, and the Role of Federal Government

In this Declaration, deans of colleges and schools of education across the United States call on federal leaders to do more to improve public education.  They offer four guiding principles: (i) uphold the role of public schools as a central institution in the strengthening of our democracy; (ii) protect the human and civil rights of all children and youth, especially those from historically marginalized communities; (iii) develop and implement policies, laws, and reform initiatives by building on a democratic vision for public education and on sound educational research; and (iv) support and partner with colleges and schools of education to advance these goals.