From: The Honorable Michael M. Honda
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Date: 11/30/2016

Equity and ESSA: Leveraging Educational Opportunity Through the Every Student Succeeds Act


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

10:00 am – 11:30 am (EDT)

Room HC-8, U.S. Capitol


U.S. Representative Mike Honda (D-CA)
Kristen Amundson, Executive Director, National Association of State Boards of Education
Linda Darling-Hammond, President, Learning Policy Institute
Kim Hymes, Associate Director of Federal Outreach, National Center for Learning Disabilities
Livia Lam, Senior Policy Advisor, Learning Policy Institute
Charmaine Mercer, Director, DC office, Learning Policy Institute
Sharon Tomiko Santos, Representative 37th District, Washington State and member, National
Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Education Committee
Stephen E. Parker, Legislative Director, National Governors Association
Moderator: Caitlin Emma, Education Reporter, Politico


Dear Colleague,

You should have received an invitation to a briefing about Equity and ESSA with Linda Darling-Hammond and the Learning Policy Institute (LPI).  Please join me for this briefing about how equity may be addressed under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

As we move through the implementation phase of the ESSA, equity continues to be a critical topic of discussion.  In particular, how can ESSA ensure that each and every child has access to a high quality education?

ESSA contains several new provisions that can be used to advance equity and excellence throughout our nation’s schools for students of color, students from low-income families, English learners, students with disabilities, and those who are homeless or in
foster care. In a new report, the LPI outlines the equity implications of ESSA and offers recommendations for how states, districts, and schools can optimize these opportunities to leverage key provisions in the new law to enhance educational opportunities.
This report’s insight on equity and ESSA should help guide the implementation of the federal legislation and assist states in addressing the needs of their student populations.

Please join LPI President and CEO, Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, as well as an expert panel for a discussion of this new report and its implications.

Please RSVP to  Please contact either Shawnice ( or Doug Hodum (


Michael M. Honda

Ranking Member

Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee, Appropriations Committee