We received this from the office of Rose DeLauro, D-Conn.:
WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) released the following statement on the appointment of James P. Comer to the President’s Advisory Commission on African Americans. DeLauro is the senior Democrat on the subcommittee responsible for funding the Department of Education.
“Jim is a dear friend and a trailblazer in educational research. The work he has done throughout his career on the link between child and adolescent development and learning is crucial to ensuring the success of our young people, and our nation. Jim’s work has shaped the way we look at schools, child development and race, and we are the better for it. I applaud President Obama for naming him to this commission. He is an outstanding choice who will do Yale, and the entire New Haven community, proud.
Dr. James P. Comer is the Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University Child Study Center, a position he has held since 1975. Dr. Comer first joined the Yale faculty and founded the Comer School Development Program in 1968, a program designed to improve scholastic performance of children from lower-income and minority backgrounds in particular. Dr. Comer received a B.A. from Indiana University, an M.D. from Howard University, and an M.P.H. from the University of Michigan.
The Commission is charged with strengthening America by improving educational outcomes for African Americans ensuring that all African Americans receive an education that prepares them for college, productive careers, and satisfying lives. Members advise the President and the Secretary of Education on ways to advance federal programs that improve educational opportunities for African Americans, increase participation of the African American community in federal agency programs, and engage stakeholders in a national dialogue on the mission.