U.S. Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission to Host Town Hall Addressing School Resources and Opportunities in Kansas City, Kansas

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The U.S. Department of Education's Equity and Excellence Commission will host a town hall from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, May 7 in Kansas City, Kan. to discuss school resources and how they affect educational opportunity. The meeting will feature Alberto Retana, director of community outreach for the U.S. Department of Education; Stephen Chen, Executive Director of the Equity and Excellence Commission; and a variety of local leaders. The town hall will include presentations by regional education leaders, as well as a forum for parents, teachers, students, school and local officials and other community members to share their thoughts with the commission members on important educational and financial issues.

In studying disparities in education, the commission is exploring the achievement gap, with a focus on systems of finance and ways in which federal policies could address inequalities. Established Feb. 2 by the U.S. Department of Education, the commission is comprised of 27 members from a range of backgrounds, including education, law, tax, government, business and civil rights.

Note to editors: To RSVP for the event, please email [email protected] , with “RSVP for May 7 Kansas City Town Hall meeting” in the subject line.