Monday, February 28, 2011

Short Lister Named to Education Committee

A potential front-runner to succeed retiring Justice Moreno on the California Supreme Court, MALDEF president and general counsel Thomas A. Saenz, has been named by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to the Equity and Excellence Commission, reports the MetNews.

The 28 commission members, comprising "education advocates, civil rights leaders, scholars, lawyers, and corporate leaders," are tasked with "examin[ing] the impact of school finance on educational opportunity and recommend[ing] ways school finance can be improved to increase equity and achievement," according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Another Supreme short-lister, Stanford Law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, will join Mr. Saenz on the commission.