Assemblywoman Clark with fellow members of ECS executive committee presenting award at the 2011 National Forum
ECS Commissioners provide leadership for ECS initiatives as well as for their states' education agendas. Because they understand the substance of education issues and the process and politics of change, they can help bridge the gap between good ideas and effective education policy. ECS commissioners can contribute to productive dialogue and collaborative activities between educators and policymakers as they work with ECS to create a climate for change and improvement in public education.
Each state and territory is represented by its governor and six other commissioners – typically legislators, higher education officials, state superintendents and business/community leaders – who are appointed by the governor.
According to Assemblywoman Clark “It is an honor to continue to represent our state as an ECS commissioner. Disproportionately, the high-need kids – special education kids, kids who speak limited English or no English at all and kids in poverty – are concentrated in the lowest-performing schools, and this phenomenon exist all over our country. There are huge equity issues in Public Schools that I will continue to combat both on the state level and the national level”.