Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 110 Part 2.djvu/260

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110 STAT. 1321-113 PUBLIC LAW 104-134—APR. 26, 1996 (C) The improvement of the health and safety of students in District of Columbia public schools. (D) Local school governance, decentralization, autonomy, and parental choice among District of Columbia public schools. (E) The implementation of a comprehensive and effective adult education and literacy program. (F) The identification, beginning in grade 3, of each student who does not meet minimum standards of academic achievement in reading, writing, and mathematics in order to ensure that such student meets such standards prior to grade promotion. (G) The achievement of literacy, and the possession of the knowledge and skills necessary to think critically, communicate effectively, and perform competently on districtwide assessments, by students attending District of Columbia public schools prior to such student's completion of grade 8. (H) The establishment of after-school programs that promote self-confidence, self-discipline, self-respect, good citizenship, and respect for leaders, through such activities as arts classes, physical fitness programs, and community service. (I) Steps necessary to establish an electronic data transfer system. (J) Encourage parental involvement in all school activities, particularly parent teacher conferences. (K) Development and implementation, through the Board of Education and the Superintendent, of a uniform dress code for the District of Columbia public schools, that— (i) shall include a prohibition of gang membership symbols; (ii) shall take into account the relative costs of any such code for each student; and (iii) may include a requirement that students wear uniforms. (L) The establishment of classes, beginning not later than grade 3, to teach students how to use computers effectively. (M) The development of community schools that enable District of Columbia public schools to collaborate with other public and nonprofit agencies and organizations, local businesses, recreational, cultural, and other community and human service entities, for the purpose of meeting the needs and expanding the opportunities available to residents of the communities served by such schools. (N) The establishment of programs which provide counseling, mentoring (especially peer mentoring), academic support, outreach, and supportive services to elementary, middle, and secondary school students who are at risk of dropping out of school. (O) The establishment of a comprehensive remedial education program to assist students who do not meet basic literacy standards, or the criteria of promotion gates established in section 2321.