National Education Standards (NEST) Schools a. Establishment Congress shall enact legislation whereby the association of the parents or legal guardians of X% of students attending a public school, that has previously received federal money, may establish a NEST school b. In order to receive an appropriation by Congress a NEST school shall by obligated to: (1) Have within each calendar year five nine-week grading terms, each consisting of no less than forty days of instruction (2) Have eighty percent of its students score at least eighty percent on each of the exams established for the national curriculum or comply with eighty per cent of the evaluation requirements established by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences for every subject and every grade for which the school provides instruction (3) Make all of the school's facilities available to the general public during non-school hours providing that such access does not disrupt the operation of the school. (4) Prominently display the flag of the United States in all classrooms, offices and assembly rooms within their respective facilities (5) Require all students, instructional staff, administrative staff and employees to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States on each day of every academic term prior to beginning classes (6) Acknowledge the Star-Spangled Banner no less than one time in each week of every academic term (7) Observe a one-minute moment of silence on each day of every academic term prior to beginning classes (8) Issue a report to the parents or legal guardians of each student enrolled at the end of each academic term, and such report shall note the student's grade for all subjects according to the percentage of the learning objectives and requirements, which the student has attained c. Congress may not appropriate money for any NEST school that: (1) Provides or otherwise distributes any birth control devise or substance to any student or any other person (2) Advertises any product or service that is offered for sale for profit to any NEST student or to the general public (3) Prohibits any enrolled student from practicing religion or displaying any religious symbol providing that such practice and display does not disrupt the operation of the school as determined by the concurrence of two-thirds of the school's board of directors (4) Sells or otherwise distributes any food product that does not comply with the nutritional requirements established by the United States Department of Agriculture (5) Denies admission to any student who complies with the NEST student progression requirements for all grades and subjects which would be required of any student who had been previously enrolled in the NEST school in order to insure that the NEST school may not deny admission to a student simply because he was not previously enrolled in a NEST school d. Student Progression Each NEST school student who fails to achieve a score of seventy-five per cent on the exams and evaluation requirements established by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences for any courses within any academic term must repeat those courses and obtain a score of seventy-five percent before being allowed to take any additional courses. e. Board of Directors (1) Establishment The Parents and legal guardians of any student who is enrolled in a NEST school shall constitute the board of directors for that school. (2) The board of directors of each NEST school shall have the authority to: i. Conduct lotteries under the regulation of Congress and when lotteries are operated by the government of the state wherein the school is located, to raise revenue to provide for the maintenance of their school facility, provide for the procurement of materials which are recommended by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, provide compensation for instructors and administrators who comply with the requirements of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and to otherwise provide for the day to day operation of their school ii. Employ instructional and administrative staff who complies with the regulations established by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences iii. Direct with the concurrence of two-thirds of its members the school to establish any religious display in a common area or observe any religious ceremony iv. Implement disciplinary standards and procedures with the concurrence of two-thirds of its members v. Appropriate revenue provided by the federal government to provide for the maintenance of their school facility, provide for the procurement of materials which are recommended by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, provide compensation for instructors and administrators who comply with the requirements of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and to otherwise provide for the day to day operation of their school f. Parental Rights The parents and guardians of any student enrolled in a NEST school shall have the power to request an alternative activity or assignment for their child should they choose to exempt their child from any requirement of the NEST curriculum or from any NEST school activity for religious reasons and the power to enroll their child in any NEST school located within their county of residence providing that students shall be enrolled on the basis of a selection lottery in the event that a NEST school lacks sufficient capacity to enroll all applicants. h. Accreditation The federal government will accredit all schools that maintain NEST standards. All NEST exams shall be made available to any student enrolled in a home education program or a private school and the federal government may accredit home education programs and private schools in a manner consistent with the accreditation granted to NEST schools. i. Federal Funding (1) Matching Funds i. Parental Congress shall appropriate to each NEST school an amount of money equal to the amount appropriated by the parents or legal guardians of the students enrolled in the school. ii. Government Congress shall appropriate for each student enrolled in a NEST school, an amount of money equal to the combined per student appropriations made for students enrolled in public school by the state and local authorities of the state wherein the NEST school is located. (2) Teacher Salary Congress shall guarantee a minimum annual salary of fifty thousand dollars for any teacher who complies with the requirements established by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and who has been employed at the same NEST school for a period of five years.