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Equity and Excellence Commission
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Purpose of the Commission

The purpose of the Commission is to collect information, analyze issues, and obtain broad public input regarding how the Federal government can increase educational opportunity by improving school funding equity. The Commission will also make recommendations for restructuring school finance systems to achieve equity in the distribution of educational resources and further student performance, especially for the students at the lower end of the achievement gap. The Commission will examine the disparities in meaningful educational opportunities that give rise to the achievement gap, with a focus on systems of finance, and recommend appropriate ways in which Federal policies could address such disparities.


The Commission is comprised of 27 members from a range of backgrounds including education, law, civil rights, tax, finance, government, and business. The Commission also has 7 ex officio members representing the Department of Education and the White House.

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Last Modified: 04/10/2013