In international comparisons, the U.S. has gained the unenviable reputation of having one of the most unequal educational systems in the industrialized world. A growing chorus of voices has argued that resource equity must become part of our education accountability system, and new research demonstrates the impact on student achievement we could make by tackling this issue. Senator Jack Reed (RI) and Senator Sherrod Brown (OH), along with Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (OH), have proposed legislation that would help ensure every student has access to essential school resources like small class sizes, college counselors, up-to-date textbooks and well-prepared and competent educators through the Core Opportunity Resources for Equity and Excellence (CORE) Act. This briefing will examine what we know about U.S. educational inequality and its solutions, including the types of federal supports necessary to address more ambitious learning outcomes for an increasingly diverse student population.

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  • Honorable Jack Reed, Senator, Rhode Island
  • Honorable Marcia Fudge, Congresswoman, Ohio
  • Linda Darling-Hammond, Ed.D., Professor, Stanford University; Faculty Director, Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE)
  • John Jackson, Ed.D., President and CEO, Schott Foundation for Public Education
  • Kirabo Jackson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Northwestern University
  • Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary, Office for Civil Rights, US Department of Education (invited)
  • David Sciarra, Executive Director, Education Law Center
Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers