Local and state experts to advise federal officials on education achievement gap
Educators and advocates with local ties will take part in a federal commission that will examine to what extent funding for the nation's schools is delivered equally and fairly to low-income and minority students.
The goal is to recommend policies and funding plans that would help close the achievement gap between white and Asian students and their low-income and minority peers.
The commission co-chairmen are Christopher Edley, the dean of UC Berkeley Law School, and Reed Hastings, the co-founder of Netflix who served as president of the state Board of Education from 2000 to 2004.
Other members of the commission include: Stanford University law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar; Stanford education professor Linda Darling-Hammond; Eric Hanushek, a senior fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institute; Matt Miller, host of "Left, Right & Center" on local NPR affiliate KCRW; and Thomas Saenz, the president and general counsel of the L.A.-based Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
The U.S. Department of Education formed the commission in response to a congressional request within a 2010 budget appropriation. The commission will meet for the first time in public session next week in Washington.
-- Howard Blume