The Education Trust-West works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-k through college.



Testimony to Select Committee on English Learners on March 26, 2012, by Carrie Hahnel, Director of Research and Policy on Weighted Student Formula

March 26, 2012 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Select Committee on English Learners


“Will the Weighted Student Formula Help English Learners?”

Panel on Accountability and Monitoring


Good afternoon, Chairman, members of the committee. I’m Carrie Hahnel, Director of Policy and Research for The Education Trust—West. We are a nonprofit advocacy group focused on closing the opportunity and achievement gaps for low-income students and students of color. I would like to thank you for the opportunity to speak on such a critical topic for our state’s students.

Testimony of Linda Murray, Acting Executive Director, The Education Trust--West, to House Education and Labor Committee Hearing on Teacher Quality and Distribution

September 30, 2009 (All day)

Chairman Miller, members of the committee: Thank you very much for providing me with the opportunity to talk with you this morning  about the importance of strong teaching  to our  effort to boost student achievement and close achievement gaps.
     My name is Linda Murray. Currently, I am serving as executive director of The Education Trust—West in Oakland, Calif. Prior to joining the Trust, I was—for eleven years—superintendent of schools in San Jose, Calif. (and, before that, assistant superintendent in Broward County, Florida).

Testimony to the California Senate Education Committee on Race to the Top

August 26, 2009 (All day)

On behalf of my colleagues at the Education Trust—West, I want to thank Senator Romero for organizing and hosting this informational hearing on the future of California’s Education.

To be sure, there are parts of this dialogue that are difficult with passionate and committed voices on either side of the debate. But keeping focused on the facts, we have to look at what we know to be true in our current climate—both in the nation and in our state.