Congressman Fattah Will Join Secretary Arne Duncan on National Education Commission Press Call

Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:43pm EST

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WASHINGTON,  Feb. 18, 2013  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman  Chaka Fattah
 (D-PA-02), the leading Congressional advocate for equitable distribution of
educational resources, will join Secretary of Education  Arne Duncan  on a press
call Tuesday to discuss the final report of the U.S. Equity and Excellence
Commission, which Fattah helped to launch in Congress.  

Media members, especially those reporting on education, are invited to
participate  Tuesday Feb. 19  at  12:45 p.m.  The Teleconference dial-in is
1-888-352-6796, passcode 9820224. Or Log in online, 
passcode 9820224.  

The Equity and Education Commission, which held hearings in major U.S. cities
including  Philadelphia  over the past two years, is releasing its final report,
"For Each and Every Child: A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence." The
report examines disparities in educational opportunities that give rise to
achievement gaps and recommends ways to address those inequalities.  

Fattah, early in the Obama Administration, met with the President and urged him
to appoint a commission to examine and make recommendations on educational
reform and equity proposals, which grew into the Equity and Excellence

"The Commission's final report represents a significant milestone in the
historic effort to close the achievement gap between rich and poor school
districts - as well as among schools within a given district, that has plagued
our nation's public education system," Fattah said.

The Commission is the brainchild of Congressmen Fattah and  Mike Honda  (D-CA)
who through their work on the House Appropriations Committee secured funding for
the Education Department's Office of Civil Rights to establish the Commission.  

Honda will also be on the Tuesday press call, along with Commission co-chairs 
Christopher Edley Jr.  and  Mariano-Florentino Cuellar. Among members of the
commission is  Sandra Dungee Glenn, former Chairwoman of the Philadelphia School
Reform Commission and member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education.  

For more information about the Equity and Excellence Commission, contact  Jamaal
Young, 917-449-2748,  U.S. Department of
Education: Press Office, 202-401-1576,      

SOURCE  Office of Congressman  Chaka Fattah

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