Press Releases and Statements

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.

Statement from The Education Trust on the new NCES study examining the Latino-White achievement gap

WASHINGTON (June 23, 2011) — Today’s report from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that the hard work of America’s educators and students is yielding important progress. Achievement is rising for Latino students, particularly in fourth-grade reading, where the gap between whites and Latinos has narrowed by 10 points since 2000 — about a full year’s worth of learning.

Despite these gains, we’re nowhere near where we need to be. Over the past two decades, the Latino student population in the nation’s schools has increased by 138 percent, to more than 11 million students nationwide. This extraordinary growth demands that we accelerate our progress in closing the achievement gaps that separate them from their white peers.

José Cruz, Vice President of The Education Trust, on the 'Gainful Employment' Regulation

WASHINGTON (June 2, 2011) — The Obama administration’s new “gainful employment” regulation is a disappointing stumble on America’s path toward regaining the global lead in college attainment. 

The abuses of career colleges have been well and repeatedly documented. But the final, watered-down rule does not do nearly enough to curb these abuses. It provides students and taxpayers with only the most meager of protections against an aggressive industry bent on exponential growth and ever-escalating profits. In the end, the 436-page document is little more than an a la carte menu of ways these institutions can game the system.

Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust, on "Pathways to Prosperity"

WASHINGTON (February 2, 2011) – The authors of “Pathways to Prosperity” have long track records of caring a lot about our kids and our future. They are right to be concerned – as I am – about high dropout rates and low student achievement in our nation’s schools. With results as awful as they are in far too many high schools, we certainly ought to be encouraging innovative approaches to improving student learning, ensuring that all students are well prepared for college and the workplace.

That said, while I agree that all students could benefit from more exposure to the world of work, I vehemently disagree with the authors’ main argument: that we already tried preparing all students for college and it didn't work.

Unprecedented study on the real cost of college shows low-income students have few choices

WASHINGTON (June 1, 2011) — As proposed cuts threaten to slash both state higher education budgets and the Federal Pell Grant Program, a report released today by The Education Trust demonstrates just how much low-income students are already struggling to pay for a college education. The average low-income family must contribute an amount roughly equivalent to 72 percent of its annual household income each year just to send one child to a four-year college. 

Middle-class and high-income families fare much better. They contribute amounts equivalent to just 27 percent and 14 percent of their yearly earnings, respectively.

The new report, “Priced Out: How the Wrong Financial-Aid Policies Hurt Low-Income Students,” offers an unprecedented analysis of “net price” data. Net price is the amount that students actually pay for higher education, once all grants received have been applied.

Even ‘high-performing’ schools leave some students behind, new study shows

WASHINGTON (April 27, 2011)—As the Senate prepares to mark up its version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a new report from The Education Trust shows schools that seem to be “high performers” are not necessarily serving all of their students well.

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