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Chair: Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter (SC)


The Education Committee compares state educational policies and programs that affect access to quality education. The committee monitors the distribution of resources that affect the success of students in pursuit of higher education and the achievement of excellence. Examples include but are not limited to admission and retention policies, the availability financial aid, and the provision of athletic scholarships. This committee also reviews and develops policies concerning the recruitment and retention of students and tenure-track professors at state and federally funded institutions as well as the financial health and viability of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Closing the Achievement Gap
The academic achievement gap that has persisted between wealthy, white suburban students and students of color from low-income backgrounds in both urban and rural communities, is problematic not only for the disadvantaged youth and their families, but for the nation at large. In 2011, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators issued a follow-up report to its 2001 publication. Though much work remains, gains that occurred over the last decade were captured in the 2011 report, with model legislation and model programs identified for replication and scaling up.

Download: 2001 Report, Closing the Achievement Gap: Improving Education Outcomes for African American Children

Download: 2011 Report, Closing the Achievement Gap and Beyond- 2011 Follow-Up Report: One Decade Later