U.S. Department of Education's Equity and Excellence Commission to Hold Third Official Meeting Thursday in D.C.

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The U.S. Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission will hold its third meeting on Thursday, July 28 in Washington, D.C.. The agenda will include a general update on the progress since the last meeting. The commission will continue to discuss the framework for the final report, which will present the commission’s findings related to systems of school funding and resource distribution and the relationship between those systems and student achievement. The report will also recommend ways to improve upon those systems in order to increase student access to educational opportunities.

Established on 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. The commission examines the disparities in meaningful educational opportunities that give rise to the achievement gap, with a focus on systems of finance, and recommends ways in which federal policies could address such disparities. The commission will also look at ways to restructure school finance systems to achieve equity in the distribution of educational resources and to further student achievement and attainment.

For more information on the Equity and Excellence Commission’s initiatives and members visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/eec/index.html