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By Ashley Keegan FOR EACH AND EVERY 18 | KNOW • Volume 13 Issue 1 CHILD A STRATEGY FOR EDUCATION EQUITY EXCELLENCE These recommendations also include ways that the federal government may be able to assist in addressing the inequities through federal policy and oversight. The report was compiled by a group of twentyseven professionals who came together from areas of education, leadership, and journalism, among others. The result was a recommendation of a five-part plan, with clearly defined issues of disparities in education, and the possible solutions that they believed would allow more students to achieve success in education. Based on the researched presented by the Equity and Excellence Commission (shortened to ‘The Commission’ for the * For Each and Every Child—A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence, Washington, D.C., 2013 – p.13-14 ** For Each and Every Child—A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence, Washington, D.C., 2013 – p.9 ***For Each and Every Child—A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence, Washington, D.C., 2013 – p.29 ****For Each and Every Child—A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence, Washington, D.C., 2013 – p.34 In 2013, a federal advisory committee called the Equity and Excellence Commission drafted a report entitled For Each and Every Child—A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence, designed to address inequalities in education and ultimately gaps in achievement among students, and to provide recommendations to improve systems, specifically targeting financial systems and how money could be better utilized to achieve education goals. remainder of this article), student success in education has a direct impact on the economy. The relationship between higherskilled students and the GDP is discussed, particularly noting the school systems in Singapore, Hong Kong, Finland, Taiwan and South Korea, and how their highperforming schools directly impact each country’s respective GDP. A statistic was presented stating that if the United States achieved at least a 90 percent graduation rate, it could mean as much as $6.6 billion for the American economy.* From The Commission’s findings, the United States spends as much (or even more) as other nations when it comes to education, which becomes a common theme within


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