To begin this next chapter of ensuring educational equity, I will be hosting a roll-out event in my district in the coming month. We will bring out the commissioners to engage the schools and community in a discussion of the report’s recommendations.
We will examine not only the disparities, but how schools are working to provide a high-quality education that affords each child an opportunity to succeed. I look forward to continuing this dialogue in my district. It is only when our nation begins to address the needs of each and every child that we can ensure that America will continue to remain a global leader and innovator. This is not a minority issue, this is not a poverty issue, this is an American issue. To ensure our future economic and social prosperity it is imperative we work together to address these issues.
I look forward to continuing the work with these commissioners, this administration, Congressman Fattah and with the American people to ensure equity and excellence for each and every child in the American public school system and thereby guaranteeing America’s prosperity.
Rep. Michael M. Honda, D-Calif., is a former educator and author of the legislation that created the Equity and Excellence Commission. He represents Silicon Valley and serves on the House Appropriations Committee.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.