Ed Trust’s Congress in Review

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As 2012 and the 112th Congress drew to a close, we thought it appropriate to reflect on the education related work Congress, the White House, and the Department of Education undertook during the last two years. These two years have been busy ones for education — we had Race to the Top competitions, waivers of No Child Left Behind, two Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization bills in Congress, and serious funding challenges to some core higher education programs.

Trying to reduce all those different and disparate actions into one assessment of whether it had been a good or bad Congress for equity seemed impossible to us. So we decided not to do it. Instead, we’ve assessed the impact of each action based on whether it had the potential to improve educational equity. This infographic represents our resulting assessment. Put simply: The 112th Congress was an educational equity rollercoaster.