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Reps. Fattah, Honda Hail the Launch of ‘Equity and Excellence Commission’

WASHINGTON Feb. 17, 2011 Chaka Fattah Michael Honda

The commission, first proposed and advanced by the two Congressmen in 2009, has been tasked with studying, and recommending solutions to, inequitable school finance systems and their effect on student achievement.

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Congressman Honda declared, "All our children should have an equal opportunity to achieve prosperity, not just those at the top. Closing our achievement gap, however, is not just about those at the bottom. It is about making sure that every working and middle class neighborhood has a world-class school. The Equity Commission represents an important opportunity to reframe the issue of education equity and raise its profile in the national debate."

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"The proof is there: Educational achievement will key our economic recovery," Fattah said. "This is more than a question of fairness and equity, this is about the nation’s economic future."



"The Equity Commission represents an opportunity to address our broken system of education finance and develop a plan for comprehensive school finance reform that is focused on high achievement for all students. I hope parents, teachers, administrators, Congress, the Department of Education and the Obama Administration seize the opportunity to make this a true Sputnik moment for each of our children."

The Equity Commission is charged with collecting data, analyzing issues and obtaining broad public input on strategies for the federal government to increase educational opportunity by improving school funding equity. It will also make recommendations for restructuring school finance systems to achieve equity in resources and further student performance, especially for students at the lower end of the achievement gap. Members of the Commission announced today:

Commission co-chair, Christopher Edley

Dean, U.C. Berkeley Law School

Commission co-chair, Reed Hastings

Co-founder, Netflix

Cynthia Brown

Vice President for Education Policy, Center for American Progress

Mike Casserly

Executive Director, Council of Great City Schools

Mariano-Florentino Cuellar

Professor, Stanford Law School

Linda Darling-Hammond

Professor of Education, Stanford University

Sandra Dungee Glenn

President and Chief Executive Officer, American Cities Foundation

Jim Edgar

Governor of Illinois 1991-1999

Eric Hanushek

Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

Karen Hawley Miles

Executive Director and Founder, Education Resource Strategies

Kati Haycock

President, Education Trust

Ben Jealous

President and Chief Executive Officer, NAACP

John King

Senior Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education, New York

Ralph Martire

Executive Director, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability

Matt Miller

Author, "The 2 Percent Solution" (2003) and "The Tyranny of Dead Ideas" (2009)

Marc Morial

President, National Urban League

Michael Rebell

Executive Director, The Campaign for Educational Equity

Ahniwake Rose

Policy Analyst, National Congress of American Indians

Jesse Ruiz

Chairman, Illinois State Board of Education

Jim Ryan

Professor, University of Virginia’s School of Law

Thomas Saenz

President and General Counsel, MALDEF

David Sciarra

Executive Director, Education Law Center

Robert Teranishi

Associate Professor, New York University

Jacquelyn Thompson

Retired Director, Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services, Michigan Department of Education

Jose Torres

Superintendent, School District U-46 in Elgin, Illinois

Dennis Van Roekel

President, National Education Association

Randi Weingarten

President, American Federation of Teachers

Doris Williams

Executive Director, Rural School and Community Trust

Chaka Fattah

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