Press Releases and Statements

Statement from The Education Trust on the 2011 NAEP reading and mathematics results

WASHINGTON (November 1, 2011) — In both the fourth and eighth grades, America’s students are performing at their highest levels ever in reading and mathematics, according to data released today from the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress. For example:

The Education Trust honors four schools with ninth annual Dispelling the Myth Award

WASHINGTON (October 31, 2011) — Today, The Education Trust announced the 2011 winners of the Dispelling the Myth Award. The award, now in its ninth year, recognizes public schools closing the achievement gap and educating all of their students to high levels.

The 2011 award winners are: 

  • Baylor-Woodson Elementary School, Inkster, Mich. 
  • Calcedeaver Elementary School, Mount Vernon, Ala. 
  • Halle Hewetson Elementary School, Las Vegas
  • Icahn Charter School 1, New York City

Statement from The Education Trust on NCLB waiver plan

WASHINGTON (September 23, 2011) – This morning, President Obama announced a plan to waive some of the accountability provisions of No Child Left Behind.

Stronger teacher evaluation systems benefit teachers and students

WASHINGTON (September 22, 2011) — Today, The Education Trust released “Fair to Everyone: Building the Balanced Teacher Evaluations that Educators and Students Deserve,” a new report outlining the importance of building stronger teacher evaluation systems to help all teachers become good and good teachers become great.

Statement from The Education Trust on new senate bills to amend Elementary and Secondary Education Act

WASHINGTON (September 15, 2011) – The last thing our country needs right now is to roll back hard-won progress in student achievement and improvement of America’s public schools, particularly for low-income students and students of color. In large measure, that’s what a new package of Senate bills to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would do. 

New proposal urges holding states accountable for improving student achievement in exchange for federal funds — what most voters, including Tea Partiers, want

WASHINGTON (September 13, 2011) – Later this month, the U.S. Department of Education is expected to announce its plan for waiving aspects of the school accountability provisions of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind.

Statement of the Education Trust on Pell Provisions of the Budget Act of 2011

WASHINGTON (August 1, 2011) -- Thanks to the work of tens of thousands of advocates and nearly 100 organizations around the country, the Budget Control Act of 2011 will protect Pell Grants and the millions of students who depend on them.

It’s important to put this development in context. In February 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget resolution, which, if enacted, would have slashed the maximum grant by about 45 percent and denied more than 1.4 million students the support that Pell provides.

Statement from The Education Trust on house action on debt ceiling

WASHINGTON (July 29, 2011) — Last night, a handful of radical Republicans made it clear that they’d rather risk crashing our economy than support the Pell Grant program and the students who depend on it.

Everyone loses when schools cheat, but especially students

The Education Trust knows that when poor children and children of color are given the right instruction and support, they can achieve at high levels. Our organization spends considerable resources to identify schools that are demonstrating this fact by helping their students to succeed. Some we honor with our Dispelling the Myth award because we believe these educators provide vital inspiration and information about the powerful role schools can play in improving the lives of their students.

Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust, on the State and Local Funding Flexibility Act

WASHINGTON (July 12, 2011) — “Under the guise of ‘increased flexibility’ for local educators and policymakers, the latest bill introduced by House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) opens the door to raids on resources intended for — and desperately needed by — some of our nation’s most vulnerable students and the schools they attend.

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