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PUBLIC EDUCATION: THE FUTURE OF OUR CITIES

WHEREAS, Mayors recognize the importance of a quality public education system for their cities and our nation; and

WHEREAS, the economic vitality of a city is linked to the performance of its schools and well-trained and well-educated workers contribute to the economic development potential of a city; and

WHEREAS, education can no longer be thought of as solely what occurs in the classroom but rather what happens before, during, and after school, and on weekends; and

WHEREAS, mayoral involvement in educational partnerships can produce significant improvements in local public schools; and

WHEREAS, all mayors, regardless of the level of control over their school system, should play a leading role in the community calling for greater accountability and results; and

WHEREAS, it has been nationally recognized that innovative ideas developed at the local level are transforming education; and

WHEREAS, Congress and the President must put aside their partisan differences and develop education policies that are truly beneficial to our nation’s children,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors believes that the federal government must be a full and legitimate partner in the process of creating the best education system in the world; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors believes that the entire community -- teachers, parents, students, business leaders, community-based groups and faith-based groups, individuals and institutions, and local, state and federal officials must be held accountable for the success of public education; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors believes that federal policies must contribute to making all schools the safe havens they were meant to be, with a safe, healthy and productive environment free from drugs, violence and guns and other weapons; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports federal and state policies that promote greater use of flexibility and local control, increased accountability and responsibility, and provides an adequate and realistic level of federal and state obligation and commitment to education; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports federal and state policies that call for the elimination of social promotion, in conjunction with essential federal programs -- such as after-school and summer school -- that provide at-risk students with the critical assistance they need to succeed; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the passage of laws that require the federal government to live up to its commitment and obligation to support forty percent (40%) of the cost of special education; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the reauthorization of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Act, with greater flexibility and targeting directly to students most in need; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the bipartisan continuation and expansion of federal policies that reduce the ratio of students to teacher in the classroom; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the passage of federal and state policies that promote literacy, and that ensure that all students are reading at grade level by the completion of the third grade; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports federal and state policies that improve the quality of teacher training and professional development and enhance teacher retention; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors strongly supports federal and state policies that expand and enhance quality before- and after-school programs; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors strongly supports federal and state policies that expand and enhance quality summer school programs; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors strongly supports federal and state policies that expand and enhance quality early childhood intervention programs; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors strongly supports a federal government role and commitment to the urgent national need -- plaguing urban, suburban, and rural communities -- for school construction and renovation; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors strongly supports federal policies that recognize that programs and resources, including Title I, should be made available directly to large school districts, rather than further exacerbating state bureaucracies; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors strongly supports federal and state policies that assist communities in addressing student truancy problems; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors applauds the private sector for its current involvement in public education, and challenges the business and philanthropic communities to participate in even more significant and enduring ways, such as in the areas of technology, teacher training, mentoring and school-to-work initiatives; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors will continue to support federal policies that better prepare all students -- whether those pursuing advance post-secondary degrees or those going directly to the workforce -- to be better prepared for the jobs of the future; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors will continue to support federal and state policies that encourage outreach to parents to support parent involvement in their child’s education.

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