Public schools help provide 6.3 million young Californians with the opportunity to achieve the American dream. Effective schools are critical to the health of our democracy and the future economic health of our state. Unfortunately, for far too many children our public education system is not working as well or as consistently asit should, or must. will present the findings and recommendations of the Governor’s Committee on Education Excellence. Supported by an unprecedented volume of research due to be released in late 2006 or early 2007, this independent, non-partisan committee is commissioned with identifying policies to enable California’s public schools to work more effectively for children, so that every child will emerge from school prepared for the challenges ahead of them. The specific areas of inquiry for the committee include finance, governance, teaching and administration.