BASIC INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM
State law requires that schools:
¼ shall give instruction and training in orthography, reading, writing, the English language and grammar, geography, arithmetic, drawing, music, the history and Constitution of the United States, the duties of citizenship, health education, physical education and good behavior¼
The law further states that American history and civics, including the Constitution of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, local history and government will be taught as required subjects in the public schools.
Physical education is compulsory for all students, except that no student will be required to take part in physical education exercises if a physician certifies in writing that such exercises would be injurious to the student.
The business of the school is to equip all children with the skills, tools, and attitudes that will lay the basis for learning now and in the future. This means giving highest priority to developing skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening and problem solving.
The first claim of the community’s resources will be made for the realization of these priorities. School dollars, school talent, school time, and whatever innovation in program is required must be concentrated on these top-ranking goals. No student should be bypassed or left out of the school’s efforts to teach the fundamental skills. Schooling for basic literacy must reach all students, in all neighborhoods, from all homes.
[Adopted: May 10, 1999]
[Reviewed: March 2003]
[Revised: April 8, 2013]
M.G.L. 71:1, 71:2, 71:3, 71:13
603 CMR 26:05