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.

  • Fast Fact: Sequester could impact college students

    by Ed Trust

    Sequestration could shut 33,000 college students out of federal work-study programs.

  • Fast Fact: Students could lose out

    by Ed Trust

    Disadvantaged K-12 students could lose 725 million dollars in school funding unless Congress resolves the impending sequester.

  • Fast Fact: Doing Away With Debt

    by Ed Trust

    More than 100,000 academically qualified, low-income high school grads don't go to college each year, with cost as a major barrier.Read Ed Trust's "Doing Away …

  • Fast Fact: Unsustainable student debt

    by Ed Trust

    "Today, skyrocketing costs price too many young people out of a higher education, or saddle them with unsustainable debt." - President Barack Obama.To finance …

  • Fast Fact: Dream Act puts higher ed within reach

    by Ed Trust

    65,000: The annual number of undocumented high school grads who've lived in the U.S. for five or more years. Passing the DREAM Act could put higher ed within t…

  • Fast Fact: The path to success

    by Ed Trust

    Parents of color know their children's path to success runs through college. More than 9 in 10 say completing a college degree or credential is very important.

  • Fast Fact: Parents want to know

    by Ed Trust

    More than 1 in 10 high schools reported students coming onto campus with a firearm or explosive in 2007-08.  Wouldn’t you want to know if your local high schoo…

  • Fast Fact: Becoming a lever of change

    by Ed Trust

    As a principal, Von Sheppard led a lot of improvement at his school. Now, as an assistant superintendent in Boulder, Colo., his job is to help other principals…

  • Fast Fact: Senators demand student protections

    by Ed Trust

    Ed Trust thanks the eight senators who recently asked Education Sec. Arne Duncan to investigate data manipulation tricks for-profit colleges use to hide huge s…

  • Fast Fact: Exceeding counselor capacity

    by Ed Trust

    Even though our most vulnerable students need extra help pursuing college, the average high school counselor is assigned to 459 students — nearly twice the rec…

  • Fast Fact: Time is Money

    by Ed Trust

    Students starting at four-year public institutions take an average of 5.7 years to earn a bachelor's degree. A year of study at a public, four-year college in …

  • Fast Fact: Giving thanks

    by Ed Trust

    This week, Ed Trust is especially thankful for all the educators and advocates across the country who work hard every day to help all students succeed.

  • Fast Fact: Investing in the future

    by Ed Trust

    "Kids dreaming of becoming scientists or doctors ... even a president, they need a champion in Washington because ... children don't have lobbyists the way oil…

  • Fast Fact: No matter who wins…

    by Ed Trust

    "No matter who wins, we must redouble our efforts to close gaps in opportunity and achievement." - Kati Haycock, president, The Education Trust.

  • Fast Fact: Ready for graduation and beyond

    by Ed Trust

    In New York state, less than 60 percent of black and Latino high school students graduate on time. But at New York's Elmont Memorial High School, where 9 in 10…

  • Fast Fact: Helping ALL students succeed?

    by Ed Trust

    Daisy says that she answered the man at the registration desk "through clenched teeth." This means that Daisy...A) had trouble speaking correctlyB) was nervous…

  • Fast Fact: Closing the opportunity gap

    by Ed Trust

    “There are no learning gaps in children, only opportunity gaps. It is our job to close the opportunity gaps.” – Deb Gustafson, principal of Ware Elementary, Fo…

  • Fast Fact: Reality check

    by Ed Trust

    Between 1975 and 2010, bachelor's degree attainment among white young adults increased 15 percentage points, and only 8 percentage points among black young adu…

  • Fast Fact: The case for campus diversity

    by Ed Trust

    The Supreme Court is considering how much flexibility schools should have in enrolling a diverse student body. Meanwhile, young whites are still three times as…

  • Fast Fact: SAT data reveal opportunity gap

    by Ed Trust

    Students of color who took the SAT were less likely to have taken an honors or AP class or completed a core curriculum than were their white peers.  Want to kn…

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