(1) Further initiatives to promote educational excellence in the public schools are of vital importance in increasing student learning and strengthening Oregonís economy.
(2) The state should encourage and assist local school districts in their efforts to establish school goals through a process that involves educators and members of the community and to develop effective tools to measure progress against those goals that will increase the public accountability of educational programs.
(3) New career opportunities for professional development are desirable to recognize and reward those teachers who have demonstrated mastery of teaching skills, knowledge of their subject matter and other appropriate indicators of professional growth.
(4) The establishment of 21st Century Schools Councils for the school district and for individual schools is desirable to encourage new initiatives in school-based management and the assessment of educational progress, to provide new and expanded career opportunities for teachers and to facilitate efforts to restructure the school workplace to provide educators with greater responsibility while increasing their accountability.
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