Partners for is partnering with many former commissioners from the Equity and Excellence Commission, and others. For more information about the commission itself, read on.
In February 2011, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appointed members of the congressionally-chartered national Commission on Educational Equity and Excellence to make recommendations to the U.S. Department of Education and the nation. The appointees, each an expert and prominent voice in the field, included current and former education officials from all levels of government, academic and policy researchers, civil rights leaders, the presidents of the national teachers’ unions, education policy advocates and associations, and public interest lawyers. Also serving were ex officio subcabinet education officials from the Department of Education and White House. As their work began, the Commission members’ central task, 30 years after A Nation at Risk, was to propose a reformulation of purpose and strategy for the myriad federal, state, and local efforts to improve education outcomes for our children and the nation.
After two years of deliberation, drafting and negotiation, the Commission issued a consensus report, For Each and Every Child: A Strategy For Education Equity & Excellence, that adopted over 50 pages of analysis and recommendations for work at all levels. The report was unanimous—an unexpected and noteworthy accomplishment in view of the perspectives represented. For Each and Every Child included a clarion call and five “clusters” encompassing scores of evidence-based policy principles. The report was proffered as guidance—a polestar—for a decade and more of struggle to come.