Rep. Fattah Calls on President to Create Commission on Educational Opportunity 

Fattah's American Opportunity Tax Credit Act, H.R. 106, calls for refundable tax credits up to $4,000 per year in exchange for 100 hours of community service, aimed at low income students who would otherwise be unable to afford a college education

by Impact Wire Thursday, February 26, 2009
Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) during a White House meeting today called on President Obama to create a National Commission on Educational Opportunity to identify longstanding disparities in educational opportunity resource allocation to work with the states to combat those disparities.

Rep. Fattah offered his proposal as the President met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Fattah, an innovator and advocate for education reform throughout his eight terms in Congress, was selected by the Caucus to address the President on education issues. He is the author of the American Opportunity Tax Credit bill which contains initiatives the President included in his stimulus plan and cited in his address to Congress Tuesday.

President Obama said he would consider the Fattah request.

For far too long, Fattah said, educational opportunities and resources have been dispensed by states and local school boards on an unequal basis, providing "the fewest resources to students in the greatest need." Young people in poor districts and from low income backgrounds are often short-changed in terms of class size, textbooks, technology, fully qualified teachers and other resources vital for a quality education.

Fattah said the Commission he proposes would partner with the states to "examine what we have learned about school finance systems," examine best practices and needs in resource allocation, and "most importantly chart a future course to correct the system in which we demand comparable results from our students yet fail to provide them with comparable resources."

Fattah's American Opportunity Tax Credit Act, H.R. 106, calls for refundable tax credits up to $4,000 per year in exchange for 100 hours of community service, aimed at low income students who would otherwise be unable to afford a college education. Fattah thanked the President for including the tuition tax credit concept, and other education provisions, in the stimulus and for advocating, in his address Tuesday, aid to students for higher education expenses in return for community service.

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