Press Releases and Statements

School counselors underutilized on secondary campuses

WASHINGTON (December 19, 2011) – When we think of school employees working to boost student learning, we often focus on teachers and school principals. But a key group of adults working in schools cannot be overlooked in efforts to ensure that all students are on a path to academic success: school counselors.

Statement from The Education Trust on Pell provisions of the FY12 House Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON (December 15, 2011) — The news from Capitol Hill today is disappointing. When presented with tough choices in negotiating this year’s federal spending bill — as filed last night — the U.S. House of Representatives took the low road, making cuts to the Federal Pell Grant Program that will hit some of America’s most disadvantaged college students the hardest.

Parents need more information on school quality

WASHINGTON (October 28, 2011) — Using the Internet, American parents can instantly retrieve details on just about anything: from where to get the best deal on snow boots to baking tips and recreational sports. Yet some of the most important details about our children’s schools remain inaccessible to even the most engaged and energetic parents.  

In “Parents Want to Know,” The Education Trust outlines how the data collection required by current federal law fails to meet the needs of parents. The brochure suggests six key areas in which parents need more and better information: student achievement, climate, funding, high schools, school districts, and teachers.

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.

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