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 reportís 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 Americaís 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.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.