5 new First Amendment Schools selected

Thursday, May 19, 2005

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Five school communities have been selected from a national
pool of candidates to become First Amendment Project Schools and receive a
$10,000 stipend from the First Amendment Schools (FAS) initiative, a multiyear
reform effort designed to transform how all schools practice and teach the
rights and responsibilities of the First Amendment.

The new Project Schools will join the project’s national network of nearly 90
Project and Affiliate Schools — a diverse group of elementary, middle and high
schools serving urban, suburban and rural communities — that are working to
integrate First Amendment rights and civic responsibilities into the daily lives
of their schools.

“All of the First Amendment Schools are committed to upholding the democratic
and public mission of schooling in America, to providing their students with an
apprenticeship in freedom and responsibility,” said Gene Carter, executive
director of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

The new First Amendment Project Schools:

  • Bronx Preparatory School, Bronx, N.Y. A small public charter school
    for grades 5-10, Bronx Preparatory School says its mission is to “prepare
    underserved middle and high school students for higher education, civic
    involvement, and lifelong success through a structured, caring environment of
    high academic standards.”

  • Red Mesa High School, Teec Nos Pos, Ariz. A small public school for
    grades 9-12 in rural Arizona, Red Mesa High School serves students from the
    Navajo Nation, many of whom are bilingual, and operates a student-run radio
    station, which broadcasts to the entire community within a 90-mile radius.

  • Goodyear Middle School, Akron, Ohio. A large public middle school
    serving racially diverse students in grades 6-8 in urban Akron, Ohio, Goodyear
    Middle School uses the Making Middle Grades Work school reform model to focus on
    a rigorous and challenging academic core curriculum for all students and on the
    teaching and learning conditions that support continuous improvement in student

  • Price Laboratory School, Cedar Falls, Iowa. A small public laboratory
    school at the University of Northern Iowa, Price Laboratory School serves
    students in grades PreK-12, and is committed both to engaging in scholarly work
    and service to advance teaching practices and provide resources for teachers,
    and to providing an excellent, innovative education for early childhood through
    grade-12 students.

  • Northport Pathway, Northport, N.Y. A large public suburban pathway
    that includes Pulaski Road Elementary School, East Northport Middle School and
    Northport High School, the schools of the Northport Pathway share a common
    vision as laboratories of democratic freedom where students learn and grow as
    members of a vibrant community of active citizens empowered to make a

    “Schools must not only teach the First Amendment; they must also find ways to
    model and apply the democratic first principles that they are charged with
    teaching,” said Gene Policinski, executive director for the First Amendment

    The First Amendment Schools project is co-sponsored by ASCD and the First
    Amendment Center. It serves as a national resource for all schools interested in
    affirming First Amendment principles and putting them into action in their
    school communities.

    For further information about the First Amendment Schools project, contact
    Molly McCloskey at ASCD (703/575-5475; mmccloskey@ascd.org) or Sam Chaltain at
    the First Amendment Center (703/284-2808; schaltain@freedomforum.org).

    Founded in 1943, ASCD, an international, nonprofit association, is one of the
    largest professional development organizations for educator leaders. It provides
    education information services, offers cutting-edge professional development for
    effective teaching and learning, and supports activities to provide educational
    equity for all students. ASCD's 160,000 members reside in 135 countries and
    include principals, teachers, superintendents, professors of education, and
    other educators.

    The First Amendment Center works to preserve and protect First Amendment
    freedoms through information and education. The center serves as a forum for the
    study and exploration of free expression issues, including freedom of speech, of
    the press, and of religion, and the right to assemble and to petition the
    government. The center, with offices at Vanderbilt University in Nashville,
    Tenn., and Arlington, Va., is an independent affiliate of the Freedom Forum and
    the Newseum, the Freedom Forum's interactive museum of news. The Freedom Forum
    is a nonpartisan, international foundation dedicated to free press, free speech,
    and free spirit for all people.

    Press contacts:
    Barbara Gleason, public information director, at bgleason@ascd.org or
    Christy Guilfoyle, public relations specialist, at cguilfoyle@ascd.org or

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