Local resident, CEO of Netflix and former chair of the State Board of Education Reed Hastings has been appointed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to serve as co-chair of the newly formed Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission.

The 28-member commission will study the impact of school finance on educational opportunity and recommend ways school finance can be improved to increase equity and achievement. Hastings, also a founder of Pacific Collegiate School, is credited with leading statewide campaigns for the benefit of charter schools.

The commission was formed in response to a congressional request included in the fiscal year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act. In the context of examining school finance, the group will look at disparities in educational opportunities that contribute to the achievement gap.

Additional commissioners include a range of education advocates, researchers, corporate leaders and scholars.  The full list is available here. To follow the work of the commission and to learn more about their first meeting on February 22, visit the commission webpage.