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Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education.


Notice of an open meeting.


This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an up-coming 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.


September 23, 2011. Time: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


The Commission will meet in Washington, DC at United States Department of Education at 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202, in the Barnard Auditorium.

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Jim Eichner, Designated Federal Official, Equity and Excellence Commission, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202. E-mail: Telephone: (202) 453-5945.

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On September 23rd, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Equity and Excellence Commission will hold an open meeting in Washington, DC in Barnard Auditorium at the U.S. Department of Education's main building at 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202.

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 student 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 Commission's September 23 meeting will include finalizing the outline of the report, discussion of particular language for certain portions of the report and reaching consensus on particular recommendations. Due to time constraints, there will not be a public comment period, but, individuals wishing to provide comments may contact the Equity Commission via e-mail at

Individuals interested in attending the meeting must register in advance because seating may be limited. Please contact Kimberly Watkins-Foote at (202) 260-8197 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 Watkins-Foote at (202) 260-8197 no later than September 16, 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, SW., Washington, DC 20202 from the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. E.S.T.

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Sandra Battle,

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement, Office for Civil Rights.

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[FR Doc. 2011-22680 Filed 9-2-11; 8:45 am]