Press Releases and Statements

New Ed Trust report shows several state accountability systems created through NCLB waivers weaken civil rights commitments of federal law

WASHINGTON (February 7, 2013) — Nearly a year ago, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan began granting waivers from key school accountability provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Through this effort, the Department of Education offered states the opportunity to develop their own systems for accountability in exchange for implementing certain reforms.

Statement from The Education Trust in support of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and others’ complaint against New York City’s specialized high schools admission process

WASHINGTON (November 29, 2012) — Study after study confirms that a rigorous high school curriculum is the surest predictor of success in college. Even so, New York City is denying thousands of Latino and African-American students access to rigorous high schools. In doing so, it’s not just damaging the futures of these young people, but it’s doing long-term damage to the future of what is arguably the world’s most important city.

The Education Trust announces 2012 Dispelling the Myth Award winners

WASHINGTON (November 5, 2012) — On Thursday, Nov. 8, The Education Trust will present the 10th Annual Dispelling the Myth Awards to three public schools from across the country that are educating low-income students and students of color to high academic levels.

Response from The Education Trust to News Coverage of Florida Board of Education's Achievement Goals

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.

The Education Trust Welcomes Michael Dannenberg as Director of Higher Education Policy and Education Finance

WASHINGTON (October 9, 2012) — Michael Dannenberg will join The Education Trust as director of higher education policy and education finance on Oct. 10, it was announced today.

Advancing to Completion: Colleges taking responsibility for student success are increasing graduation rates and closing gaps for African-American, Latino students

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.

Statement by Amy Wilkins, Vice President of The Education Trust, On The End Of The Chicago Teachers Strike

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.

Statement by Amy Wilkins, Vice President of The Education Trust, On The Chicago Teachers Strike

WASHINGTON (September 10, 2012) — Overall, the Chicago teachers strike is deeply upsetting. But it is especially tragic for the low-income students who don’t have a moment of academic time to waste. 

This strike needs to end now. And the agreement that ends it needs to be one that creates conditions to boost Chicago’s dismal achievement, particularly among its low-income students. 

Statement from The Education Trust on the House subcommittee markup of appropriations bill for FY 2013

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.

Statement from The Education Trust on the interest-rate extension for federally backed student loans

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.

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