Press Releases and Statements

Ed Trust on the Department of Education's “Dear Colleague” Letter on Resource Equity

WASHINGTON (October 1, 2014) — Today, the Office of Civil Rights sent a strong message that equity matters, and The Education Trust applauds their leadership. The “Dear Colleague” letter is a reminder that federal law requires more than good intentions to ensure the equitable provision of educational resources for students of color. It is not enough to rest upon laws, policies, and principles that are not enforced. Benign neglect is not acceptable.

Statement From The Education Trust on the Department of Education’s Teacher Equity Strategy

WASHINGTON (July 7, 2014) — Deborah Veney Robinson, vice president for government affairs and communications at The Education Trust, issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s teacher equity strategy.

Statement from The Education Trust on Reps. John Kline’s and Virginia Foxx’s Principles for Strengthening America’s Higher Education System

WASHINGTON (June 26, 2014) — “We commend House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) and Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) for releasing their principles to move forward with reauthorizing the Higher Education Act (HEA). We are encouraged that the committee will work to improve data collection to capture all higher education students, including those who transfer and are part-time; strengthen educator preparation programs; and safeguard the Pell Grant program.

Statement From The Education Trust on Sen. Tom Harkin’s Higher Education Affordability Act

WASHINGTON (June 25, 2014) —The Education Trust issued the following statement in response to Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA).

Ed Trust Welcomes Deborah Veney Robinson as Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications

WASHINGTON (June 24, 2014) — The Education Trust is proud to welcome Deborah Veney Robinson as its Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications. Debbie comes to Ed Trust with deep experience in communications and advocating for underserved communities.

Ed Trust Calls for Linking Student Aid and Tax Benefits to College Access, Success, and Student Loan Repayment Rates

WASHINGTON (June 18, 2014) — More than 600,000 undergraduates attend four-year “college dropout factories” with six-year graduation rates below 15 percent and “diploma mills” where nearly 3 out of 10 students who leave with debt are unable to repay their student loans, according to a new report released by The Education Trust. Approximately $15 billion is distributed annually to some 300 institutions that do not serve students well. These four-year schools are among the bottom 5 percent nationally in enrolling low-income students, graduating the students they serve, or graduating students with manageable debt and degrees that can support that investment without default.

The report, Tough Love: Bottom-Line Quality Standards for Colleges, lays out a comprehensive plan for the federal government to leverage existing resources, in the form of student aid and tax benefits, to protect students and taxpayer dollars from going to chronically underperforming schools. The plan also encourages elite colleges to open their gates to many more talented working class and low-income students.

Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust, and Valerie Cuevas, interim executive director of The Education Trust–West, on the Vergara v. California Decision

WASHINGTON (June 10, 2014) — We are delighted with today’s ruling in Vergara v. California. Judge Treu's historic decision affirms what we have long known to be true: Low-income students and students of color in California are denied access to equal educational opportunities. The decision will force California to address the reality that our most vulnerable students are less likely to have access to effective teachers.

In Their Words: Student Reflections on High-Quality Schools

WASHINGTON (May 28, 2014) — Tuning into voices of students who transfer from low-performing to high-performing high schools, “The View From the Lighthouse” — released today by The Education Trust — sheds light on key differences among schools. Full of lessons for educators, this piece is intended to help spark conversations in schools working to change outlooks and outcomes for students, particularly those struggling the most. 

Statement From The Education Trust on 12th Grade Reading and Mathematics Results From the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress

WASHINGTON (May 7, 2014) — On the heels of encouraging news about rising high school graduation rates for all groups of students, today’s results from the 2013 12th grade National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) show that our nation’s high schools are also producing better math results.

Ed Trust Welcomes Andrew H. Nichols as Director of Higher Education Research

WASHINGTON (May 1, 2014) — The Education Trust is proud to welcome Andrew H. Nichols as its director of higher education research. Andrew comes to Ed Trust with a wide array of research experiences, most recently as the director for research and policy analysis at the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).

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