Press Releases and Statements

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.

Common-sense strategies for improving working conditions in high-poverty, low-performing schools are critical to attracting, keeping strong teachers

WASHINGTON (June 27, 2012) — Much attention has been paid in recent years to developing meaningful teacher evaluation systems as a strategy to improve public education, and rightly so. But while states and districts implement better ways to identify their strongest educators, too many are giving short shrift to the culture and work environments in schools – particularly in high-poverty and low-performing schools – that make them satisfying and attractive places to work.

The Education Trust Welcomes Higher Education Research and Policy Analyst Mary Nguyen

WASHINGTON (June 8, 2012) — The Education Trust is proud to announce the addition of Mary Nguyen, higher education research and policy analyst, to our higher education team. Mary primarily manages the College Results Online portfolio, an interactive Web-based tool that provides facts on college graduation rates to students, parents, school counselors, policymakers, and researchers.

Statement from The Education Trust on House Passage of the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act

WASHINGTON (May 10, 2012) — Balancing the needs of a strong national defense, deficit reduction and a strong education system should be a no-brainer for a country with the traditions we have and the values we hold. But earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives broke with our traditions and turned against our values by passing a budget reconciliation bill that would harm millions of American students who are trying to learn their way to a brighter future and earn their way into the middle class.

Midterm report of Access to Success Initiative shows increases in both enrollment figures and degrees conferred, driven largely by low-income and minority students

WASHINGTON (May 3, 2012) — Even before concerns about the economy focused national attention on lackluster college-attainment rates, a cadre of state public higher education systems leaders came together in 2007 to form the Access to Success Initiative. These leaders — all members of the National Association of System Heads — set about to use the power of systems to leverage change in order to meet two ambitious goals: increase the number of college graduates in their states and ensure those college graduates reflect the demographic makeup of their states’ high school graduates.

Statement from The Education Trust on the passage of H.R. 4628, the Interest Rate Reduction Act

 WASHINGTON (April 27, 2012) – On behalf of the millions of hard-working students struggling to pay for college, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Interest Rate Reduction Act earlier today to help maintain low interest rates for federally backed student loans. With similar efforts moving in the Senate, we are pleased to see Congress put politics aside and take the issue of college affordability seriously.

Tuition rates are skyrocketing, increasing nearly twice as fast as healthcare costs and more than four times faster than inflation. Americans now owe more than $1 trillion dollars in student debt, and our country’s low- and middle-income college students are struggling to keep up.

College- and career-ready standards efforts must equip teachers with strong supports to help students meet new, higher expectations

WASHINGTON (March 30, 2012) — For years, our nation’s public schools have struggled to bridge the gap between what high schools require and the skills and knowledge students need to be successful after graduation day. To close that gap, 45 states and three territories are adopting a common set of college- and career-ready standards.

But those higher standards represent a massive expectations shift, one that must be coupled with rich supports for teachers if the new standards are to be more than an empty promise of higher achievement for our nation’s students.

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