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The National Commission on Education Excellence and Equity: Hypotheses about Movement Building


"In 2013, the congressionally chartered national Commission on Education Equity and Excellence issued unanimous recommendations for P-12 policy changes at the federal, state, and local levels. This remarkably broad consensus, with unusual pragmatism and concreteness, is comprehensive in its scope and predominantly research based. As a clarion call and reform strategy, the commission report, For Each and Every Child, is a successor to A Nation at Risk (1983); the commissions grand if not grandiose intention was to provide a framework for the next decade or more of nationwide policy struggle. This article, after briefly summarizing the recommendations, focuses on how a movement might be built to advance them."