The following Letter to the Editor was submitted yesterday to the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida in response to a story it published about the student achievement goals set forth in the Florida Board of Education’s new strategic plan.
WASHINGTON (September 20, 2012) — Nationwide, college graduation rates are far too low, particularly among students of color, a fast-growing demographic in America. But two reports released today by The Education Trust show that it doesn’t have to be that way.
WASHINGTON (September 19, 2012) — Last night, Chicago’s teachers did the right thing by voting to end their strike while the final details of a new employment contract are negotiated. As a result, after nine long days, 350,000 schoolchildren — more than 80 percent of whom come from low-income families — are finally back in the classroom.
WASHINGTON (July 18, 2012) — Earlier today, a House appropriations subcommittee passed a bill that would slash more than $1 billion from next year’s federal education budget. However, the bill protects a number of programs that provide much-needed support for low-income students — among them, Pell Grants and work-study benefits for college students, and Title I and IDEA funding for K-12 education.
WASHINGTON (June 29, 2012) — Today, Congress did the right thing by protecting low interest rates on college loans for more than 7 million students already struggling to afford higher education and learn their way into the middle class.
WASHINGTON (June 27, 2012) — Much attention has been paid in recent years to developing meaningful teacher evaluation systems as a strategy to improve public education, and rightly so. But while states and districts implement better ways to identify their strongest educators, too many are giving short shrift to the culture and work environments in schools – particularly in high-poverty and low-performing schools – that make them satisfying and attractive places to work.
WASHINGTON (June 8, 2012) — The Education Trust is proud to announce the addition of Mary Nguyen, higher education research and policy analyst, to our higher education team. Mary primarily manages the College Results Online portfolio, an interactive Web-based tool that provides facts on college graduation rates to students, parents, school counselors, policymakers, and researchers.
WASHINGTON (May 10, 2012) — Balancing the needs of a strong national defense, deficit reduction and a strong education system should be a no-brainer for a country with the traditions we have and the values we hold. But earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives broke with our traditions and turned against our values by passing a budget reconciliation bill that would harm millions of American students who are trying to learn their way to a brighter future and earn their way into the middle class.