Mission and Principles
Building the capacity of education professionals to provide all children served by ESEA programs with a high-quality education.
1. At all levels — local, state, and federal — students must be at the center of decision-making processes.
2. Appropriations for the federal education programs contained in the ESEA must be increased to the maximum levels authorized in statute and should continue to be funded based primarily on the number of children living in poverty.
3. States and districts must have flexibility when implementing initiatives and accountability for achieving improved outcomes for all students, including closing persistent achievement gaps among student groups.
4. There must be increased coordination among federal education programs to effectively meet the needs of our nation’s most vulnerable students and maximize the impact of federal, state, and local resources.
5. Evidence-based instructional and support programs should be developed, implemented, evaluated, and broadly disseminated to meet the needs of student groups.
6. Federal education programs for schools and districts supporting the most vulnerable students must include funding and flexibility to support professional development programs for all education professionals.