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Core Beliefs and Commitments

These are the Core Beliefs and Commitments of the Pawtucket School Committee:


  • We believe a strong and equitable public education system is central to our democracy and a healthy economy.
  • We believe our teachers and principals make the critical difference in student achievement.
  • We believe that as adults, we are accountable for building and maintaining high performing organizations that ensure all students will successfully acquire the knowledge, skills and values necessary for success.
  • We believe all children can and will learn at high levels. The capacity to learn is not determined or limited by race, family income, native language, gender or area of residence.
  • We will allocate resources in an equitable manner such that each student will reach his full potential.
  • We believe all children can reach their learning potential and that the achievement gap can be eliminated.
  • We will provide equal access to quality education regardless of race, family income, gender, native language, special needs or area of residence.
  • We believe schools have an enormous impact on children's lives. The school effect is important and has a profound impact on every child's life.
  • We will improve education outcomes for all students. We will have a qualified teacher in every class room and a qualified principal in every school who is an instructional leader.
  • We believe all children should be taught in a safe, orderly and secure learning environment
  • We will ensure learning and work environments are safe and secure so that each student and staff member will achieve high levels of performance.
  • We believe in the value of parents as the first and best teachers of children, and that the community must actively participate in the development of all children to improve the educational outcomes for our students.
  • We will engage the community including parents, caregivers, businesses, elected and appointed officials, civic and faith-based organizations, along with the District's leaders, staff and students to improve educational outcomes for our students.
  • We believe parents and caregivers are responsible for sending their children to school ready to learn and that students have an obligation to come to school ready to learn.
  • We will not abandon those who are not ready and will seek ways to reach all children.

Adopted: June 13, 1988, Pawtucket School Committee

Amended: 1st Passage: May 12, 2015

                   2nd Passage: June 9, 2015