- A report issued Tuesday by the Equity and Excellence Commission called for urgent action to close the achievement gap between poor and privileged children by changing public school funding, improving teacher quality, investing in early-childhood programs and demanding accountability all the way down to the local school board level.
- The 27-member panel was created by Congress in 2010 and includes state and federal officials, civil rights activists and academics.
- Closing the gap became a priority of the federal government with the passage of No Child Left Behind in 2002, but the problem has proven difficult as a variety of strategies have failed to show substantial progress.
From the article:
... “This is about all levels of government,” said Christopher Edley Jr., dean of the University of California at Berkeley Law School and the commission’s co-chair. “This is a proposed agenda for everyone who’s concerned with the fate of our children and of our public education system.” ...