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Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education.


Notice of an Open Meeting.


This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an upcoming meeting of the Equity and Excellence Commission (Commission). The notice also describes the functions of the Commission. Notice of this meeting is required by section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and is intended to notify the public of their opportunity to attend.


February 22, 2011.

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Commission will meet in Washington, DC at 400 Maryland Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20202, in the Barnard Auditorium.

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Stephen Chen, Designated Federal Official, Equity and Excellence Commission, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20202. E-mail: Telephone: (202) 453-6624.

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The purpose of the Commission is to collect information, analyze issues, and obtain broad public input regarding how the Federal government can increase educational opportunity by improving school funding equity. The Commission will also make recommendations for restructuring school finance systems to achieve equity in the distribution of educational resources and further Start Printed Page 6775student performance, especially for the students at the lower end of the achievement gap. The Commission will examine the disparities in meaningful educational opportunities that give rise to the achievement gap, with a focus on systems of finance, and recommend appropriate ways in which Federal policies could address such disparities.

The agenda for the Commissions' first meeting will include a welcome by Department officials followed by a roundtable discussion focusing on the strategies for accomplishing its mission as stated in its charter. The agenda will also include a presentation on school resource equity and the development of a work plan for the Commission. Due to time constraints, there will not be a public comment period at this meeting, but individuals wishing to comment may contact Stephen Chen via e-mail at

Individuals interested in attending the meeting must register in advance because seating may be limited. Please contact Stephen Chen at (202) 453-6624 or by e-mail at Individuals who will need accommodations for a disability in order to attend the meeting (e.g., interpreting services, assistive listening devices, or materials in alternative format) should notify Stephen Chen at (202) 453-6624 no later than February 14, 2011. We will attempt to meet requests for accommodations after this date but cannot guarantee their availability. The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Records are kept of all Commission proceedings and are available for public inspection at the Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20202 from the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. E.S.T.

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Russlynn Ali,

Assistant Secretary, Office for Civil Rights.

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[FR Doc. 2011-2768 Filed 2-7-11; 8:45 am]