As a result of challenges to academic integrity in our public education system, and to protect the benefits of fact-based learning and diversity in our schools, we affirm our commitment to the values of academic integrity and honesty that have been the hallmarks of American education for decades.
Our continued progress in our state and country depends on an educated and informed citizenry, and it is our solemn responsibility as educators to fulfill our responsibilities for the shared benefit of our students.
We oppose racism, prejudice, and discrimination wherever it exists. We oppose those who would attack educators for doing their job, for telling the truth, and for shedding light on problems we face, including inequality and inequity. Educators must have the freedom to teach, and our students expect and deserve schools that are welcoming to all.
We strongly advocate that our school districts ensure that all students are valued and supported. Education must assist in the development of our students’ lifelong appreciation for learning and academic integrity, and an ability to separate fact from fiction. Our students depend on our leadership to provide them with the knowledge necessary to assist them in making critical choices for their future. If we succeed in our responsibilities, those choices will be based on sound reasoning, and not false assumptions or lack of information. Students must have the tools to understand and investigate different perspectives. They should graduate from school ready to engage with others and thrive as respectful, informed, and productive citizens.
In summary, we support sustaining positive, diverse schools that create opportunity for all. That begins with preserving academic integrity and honesty, an essential cornerstone of educational success for all.