Education Trust News

Groups Applaud the Bipartisan Student and Family Tax Simplification Act

WASHINGTON (October 31, 2013) - Yesterday, Reps. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Danny Davis (D-Ill.) introduced the Student and Family Tax Simplification Act. The Act simplifies and better targets higher education tax benefits, making it easier for students and families to afford college.

Low-Income Students Do Enroll In College — Given the Right Supports

A new report finds that just over half of graduates from low-income urban high schools immediately enroll in college, compared with more than 60 percent of graduates from higher income, urban high schools. The report adds to a large, and growing, body of research showing that low-income students are less likely to enroll in college — an especially worrisome prospect given that more financial, academic, and social benefits accrue to those with a college education. But high schools, including those serving large concentrations of low-income students, have incredible power to help ensure that virtually all of their students continue on to college.

The Education Trust Announces 2013 Dispelling the Myth Award Winners

WASHINGTON (October 22, 2013) — On Thursday, Oct. 24, The Education Trust will present the 11th Annual Dispelling the Myth Awards to four public schools from across the country. Each of these schools has demonstrated that it is committed to educating students to high academic levels regardless of their race, socioeconomic status or zip code.

Conference Feature: Getting to Graduation and Beyond

A generation ago, having a high school diploma may have been enough to earn a family-supporting wage in the middle class. Today, it no longer is — and so teachers and principals across the nation are working hard to make sure their students are prepared for college or training when they graduate from high school. At this year’s Education Trust National Conference, participants will hear from districts and schools successfully working to ensure that all students are prepared for postsecondary success.

New Resources Support Equity in Common Core Implementation

One of the most promising aspects of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is the potential for all students to finally have access to rigorous, high-quality instruction. But this will only happen if teachers incorporate the standards with consistency and hold all students — including those who have previously struggled — to new, high expectations. To do so, district and school leaders must do more to empower teachers to achieve this goal. A new transition guide for school leaders can help them do just that.

Conference Feature: Leading School Change

Principals play a crucial role in setting the tone for their school and helping their staff identify and act on areas for improvement. This year’s Education Trust National Conference, which takes place Oct. 24-25 in Baltimore, will feature a number of concurrent sessions highlighting the role of principals in leading school change.

Buy Now and Pay Later Doesn’t Work in Higher Ed

Proposals that allow students to attend college “for free” now and pay later seem like they would be beneficial for students. However, many of these proposals — including Oregon’s “Pay It Forward” — could end up costing students more. They also overlook the real problem: College costs too much.

Student Loan Default Rates Illustrate Continuing Affordability Issues in Higher Ed

Annual data released Sept. 30 show that student loan borrowers are finding it increasingly difficult to repay their debt: Now, 1 in 10 borrowers default on their student loans within two years of starting repayment.

Two-year default rates have been collected since 1987 and peaked at 22.4 percent in 1990. Though the most recent figure is much lower, it has more than doubled in recent years from a low of 4.5 percent in 2003.

Conference Feature: Teaching in Overdrive

All across the nation, schools are transitioning to rigorous, college- and career-ready standards. These standards demand much more of our students — and of their teachers. At this year’s Education Trust National Conference, a host of concurrent sessions will focus on how educators can help all students meet new, higher expectations.

Federal Guidance Sheds Light on Race-Conscious Admissions

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice provided guidance last week for higher education institutions that use race-conscious admissions policies. It clarifies the Supreme Court ruling from earlier this year in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which upheld the legality of the voluntary use of such policies. The Fisher decision confirmed Ed Trust’s long-held belief that colleges have a compelling interest to foster diversity in their student body. Diversity benefits the student body at large by encouraging tolerance, breaking down racial stereotypes, enhancing classroom discussions, and preparing students for the workforce they will encounter after graduation.