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The Equity Line contains original analyses, commentary, and “on the ground” stories of students, parents, educators, and activists all over the nation striving to improve education. It chronicles our efforts, as well as those of partners and friends who are working toward the shared goal of closing gaps.

  • Persistent Inequities in School Funding: A Q&A with Natasha Ushomirsky

    March 25, 2015 by and

    Today, Ed Trust released Funding Gaps 2015, a new report and online data tool, which compares local and state funding among school districts (1) with the highest and lowest poverty and (2) those that serve the most and the fewest students of color. The results show funding gaps continue to…

  • Between the Echoes: Right Place, Right Time

    March 23, 2015 by

    An offshoot of Ed Trust’s Echoes From the Gap series, drawing stories of students from behind the statistics, this blog series shares shorter narratives — brief glimpses into classrooms and hallways — that give readers an opportunity to examine educator practices and policies through the intimate lens of student experience. All…

  • Senate and House Republican Budget Proposals: Protecting Pell Not A Priority  

    March 20, 2015 by

    D.C. insiders know that the congressional budget proposals don’t have the force of law. However, these proposals should not be summarily dismissed, as they set forth Republican priorities. And unfortunately, it looks like the Pell Grant program, which supports low- and moderate-income student access to…

  • What Does a DTM Principal Brag About?

    March 20, 2015 by

    Principals of schools that have earned our Dispelling the Myth Award are a very diverse group and don’t really share many outward characteristics — they are male, female, black, white, Hispanic, Asian. But they all have a deep, abiding belief that all of their students can meet high standards, and…

  • Debunking Myths in NH’s New Assessment Pilot

    March 18, 2015 by

    Contrary to news headlines, the U.S. Department of Education hasn’t approved local assessments to take the place of the statewide tests in New Hampshire. Instead, it approved piloting of a new, statewide assessment model — and that’s a critical distinction, especially as a few members of Congress…

  • Calling All Teachers of Color

    March 18, 2015 by and

    Nearly half of public school students are of color, but only 18 percent of teachers are. Why is that? The trouble is that answer isn’t clear. We know that greater diversity in the teaching workforce would provide students, who may be insulated from people of differing racial/ethnic…

  • NYC’s Teacher Tenure Reform: Good or Bad for Equity?

    March 17, 2015 by

    Five years ago, New York City began providing data — including evaluation scores — to principals about their tenure candidates. Principals could use that information to decide whether to approve or deny tenure — or simply extend the decision another year, in cases where teachers hadn’t yet demonstrated their full potential.…

  • What Schools Can Do

    March 16, 2015 by

    George Hall Elementary School was recently the subject of an online discussion, which I write about this week in Huffington Post. That prompted me to think about the first time I ever went to George Hall Elementary School in Mobile, Ala., when I stumbled onto its annual writing fair.…

  • Why I Teach Where I Teach: The Opportunity to Rebuild a School

    March 16, 2015 by

    This post is a part of an ongoing series, called “Why I Teach Where I Teach,” which asks educators in high-need schools to share what has attracted (and kept) them in the challenging environments they’re in. They share important stories and experiences that should remind us all of…

  • In Their Words: ‘I, Too, Am B-CC’

    March 11, 2015 by

    During our research for “Falling Out of the Lead,” the third report in our Shattering Expectations series, we interviewed high-achieving, low-income students to better understand how their high schools prepared them for college. In this post, a reprise to our four-part blog series, we share how some…

  • Why I Teach Where I Teach: The Opportunity to Make a Difference

    March 2, 2015 by

    This post is a part of an ongoing series, called “Why I Teach Where I Teach,” which asks educators in high-need schools to share what has attracted (and kept) them in the challenging environments they’re in. They share important stories and experiences that should remind us all of…

  • Between the Echoes: What He Learned at School

    February 23, 2015 by

    An offshoot of Ed Trust’s Echoes From the Gap series, drawing stories of students from behind the statistics, this blog series shares shorter narratives — brief glimpses into classrooms and hallways — that give readers an opportunity to examine educator practices and policies through the intimate lens of student experience. All…

  • Bridging the Gap ‘Between Helplessness and Hope’

    February 19, 2015 by

    Once a year during the National Title I Association conference, thousands of people from schools and districts that receive this federal money converge to talk about the requirements of the law and ideas to improve the education of poor children. The law in question, of course, is the Elementary and…

  • Why I Teach Where I Teach: To Disrupt the Pedagogy of Poverty

    February 18, 2015 by

    This post is a part of an ongoing series, called “Why I Teach Where I Teach,” which asks educators in high-need schools to share what has attracted (and kept) them in the challenging environments they’re in. They share important stories and experiences that should remind us all of…

  • What Do Teachers Really Think About Assessment?

    February 12, 2015 by

    This week, congressional staffers and others had a too-infrequent opportunity to hear from teachers about the role of assessments in education. During a Hill briefing, teachers with Teach Plus spoke from their diverse perspectives, but they all echoed a common theme: High-quality assessments — ones that are aligned…

  • Solving the College Affordability Crisis Requires Yanking at the Root

    February 11, 2015 by

    Last week, a POLITICO Magazine article called attention to the annual re-estimate of the federal student loan program. Apparently, the feds expect to earn billion less than expected on student loan payments, which was the result of an unexpected uptick in the number of student loan borrowers…

  • Bridging the College Info Gap

    February 10, 2015 by

    When researchers mailed college information to high-achieving, low-income students last year, follow-up survey results were promising: Many students reported feeling more knowledgeable than their peers about the college application and financial aid processes. But when asked if they recalled receiving the mailings, only 40 percent of…

  • Counting All Students … Because They’re Counting on Us

    February 9, 2015 by

    In 2000, I was a 22-year-old, fist-pumping student organizer barely out of college working with a beautifully motley crew of high school students from across Washington, D.C., who were raising their voices around educational equity in local public schools. Over slices of pizza and soda…

  • Students Want More, Not Less

    February 4, 2015 by

    Policymakers in many states are debating what it means to be college- and career-ready — and whether expectations for students should change to match that definition. But even as policymakers are debating, recent graduates aren’t: Expecting more from them, they say, would not only have benefitted them more…

  • Why I Teach Where I Teach: I Practice What I Preach

    February 3, 2015 by

    This post is a part of an ongoing series, called “Why I Teach Where I Teach,” which asks educators in high-need schools to share what has attracted (and kept) them in the challenging environments they’re in. They share important stories and experiences that should remind us all…