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Education Secretary to meet on Opportunity to Learn Commission today

on Monday,March 23,2009 20:03

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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Congressman Chaka Fattah are meeting today to discuss a proposal to set up the National Commission on the Opportunity to Learn.

The Commission, proposed by Representative Fattah, a Pennsylvania Democrat, would explore resource adequacy and equity in learning, and work with states to address issues that concern all students'' "opportunity to learn."

Fattah, who is also author of the recently enacted tuition tax credit, proposed the creation of the Commission during a White House meeting with President Obama on February 26.

Since then his proposal has gained support from leading education and civil rights organizations, including the National Education Association, Teach For America and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

"We have a president who understands that the success of our nation is directly tied to the educational opportunities provided to future generations," says Fattah, adding "Students must be given every possible opportunity to achieve their full academic potential."

The meeting between Fattah and Secretary Duncan will also include discussion of other education reform issues including expansion of GEAR UP, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.

Fattah previously sponsored the American Opportunity Tax Credit Act which was incorporated into the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and includes a $2,500 tuition tax credit for eligible families.
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