All Press Items

February 19, 2013

Press Release of Equity and Excellence Commission Report to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan

Chicago, IL, February 19, 2013 — Today the Equity and Excellence Commission, appointed by U. S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan to examine disparities in educational opportunities with a focus on systems of finance, will release the results of its 2-year investigation in a report: "For Each and Every Child." 

Three Illinois residents appointed to the 27-member Commission will be available to speak with the press on the report's findings and recommendations on ways in which federal policies could address educational disparities after release of the report in Washington. Those Commissioners are:

  • Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability
  • Jesse Ruiz, Partner in the law firm of Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP LLP and Vice President, Chicago Board of Education
  • Dr. Jose M. Torres, Superintendent of Elgin School District U-46

"The real promise of America is that the circumstances of one's birth do not dictate his or her future. Too often that promise is denied to children of color or children born into poverty for one simple reason: the public education they receive is insufficient to prepare them for college or careers," said Ralph Martire. "This is the legacy of relying primarily on state and local resources to fund schools. To overcome these inherent inequities and create an education system that is excellent for all children, we are recommending that the federal government makes new, significant investments in education. It shouldn't matter whether a child lives in rural Mississippi, inner city Chicago or Westport, CT, our nation has a fundamental responsibility to ensure every American child receives a meaningful educational opportunity from his or her local public school."

Jesse Ruiz said, "I truly hope that "For Each and Every Child" generates serious discussion, and much needed fiscal and policy reforms, in Congress, and in state capitals and school districts across America. The continued prosperity and strength of our nation depends on every child in America having access to a high quality public education, regardless of their family circumstances or where they live. America has some of the best schools in the world, and if we work together, students in every neighborhood in America can have access to a world-class education." 

"Our goal is to create an equitable and excellent public education system across the country," said Elgin, Illinois, Superintendent Dr. José M. Torres. "I've seen the commitment to hard work and academic success of a countless number of teachers, school staff, and parents over the years and know that every student can reach high academic standards if given the opportunity and resources."

The Illinois Commissioners will be available for comment after release of the report at

Findings and opinions contained in For Each and Every Child are those of the U. S. Equity and Excellence Commission and not those of either the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability; Elgin U-46 school district; Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP; nor the Chicago Board of Education for whom Jesse Ruiz serves as Vice President.