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Statement From The Education Trust on the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Preparation Regulations

WASHINGTON (November 25, 2014) — The Education Trust issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed rule to improve teacher preparation programs announced today.

2014 National Conference Resources: Session Presentations and More

2014 Conference LogoThe Education Trust 2014 National Conference is over, but there's no need to fret if you missed one of the thought-provoking concurrent sessions. Conference presentations are posted here, and you can read The Equity Line blog for stories you might have missed from the two marvelous days we spent together in Baltimore. Thanks for a great conference!

#EdTrust2014 Conference — Day 1/The Equity Line

#EdTrust2014 Conference — Day 2/The Equity Line

Kati Haycock to States: “Treat new ESEA guidelines as a floor, not a ceiling”

WASHINGTON (November 13, 2014) — Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s ESEA waiver renewal guidelines announced today.

“Amid all the controversies created by No Child Left Behind, most educators agree that the law got one thing right: It fundamentally reshaped school accountability for an increasingly diverse country. No longer was it possible to be a ‘good’ school coasting by on schoolwide averages and sweeping large achievement gaps under the rug. To be a good school, a school had to do well by all the children it served.

“The administration’s 2011 waiver guidelines allowed states to back away from that focus on all groups of children. The results were worrisome. As we demonstrated in our October 2014 report, Making Sure All Children Matter, many schools received top ratings when their performance for low-income students or students of color was, at best, mediocre — and sometimes declining.

Statement From The Education Trust on the Department of Education's Guidance for State Teacher Equity Plans

WASHINGTON (November 10, 2014) — The U.S. Department of Education’s new guidance on equitable access to strong teachers creates an opportunity for action on one of the most important levers to close long-standing gaps in achievement among students. While there are excellent teachers in every community, evidence is clear: Too many students of color and low-income students don’t have the strong, well-supported teachers they need and deserve.

The guidance is an opportunity to correct this. We are hopeful about the possibilities it creates, but not naïve. The guidance could result in little more than a compliance exercise with no meaningful impact on students. Indeed, that’s what happened in 2006, the first time the Department of Education attempted to enforce the equitable access provisions in federal law.

Lost in the Numbers: Uncovering the Stories Behind School Dropout

WASHINGTON (November 6, 2014) — Nationwide, roughly 500,000 students drop out of high school each year. These students are disproportionately students of color, low-income — and male. Though graduation rates among such students are rising — often as a result of significant efforts from both educators and community groups — many students of color and low-income students continue to achieve far below their potential and gradually disengage from school. The Education Trust’s latest paper, “Butterflies in the Hallway,” digs underneath the numbers to describe in searing detail the often-gradual process of school disengagement.

Statement on Michigan Road- School Funding Proposal

ROYAL OAK, MICH. (December 18, 2014) – Today, legislative leaders announced a plan to increase road funding and create a new revenue stream for schools. The proposal, funded through a penny sales tax increase, will require approval of Michigan voters through a ballot proposal, expected in May 2015.
The following statement may be attributed to Amber Arellano, executive director of The Education Trust-Midwest:

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