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: 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…

  • Fast Fact: Truly excellent and superior?

    by Ed Trust

    Truly superior and excellent? Even though fourth-graders in Chicago Public Schools consistently trail their peers from other large urban districts in math and …

  • Fast Fact: Don’t miss this!

    by Ed Trust

    In 2004, Texas Tech University trailed other institutions in graduating Latinos with bachelor's degrees. But strong organizational leadership helped to improve…

  • Fast Fact: Americans side with educational equity

    by Ed Trust

    Nearly 9 in 10 Americans think it's important to close the achievement gap that separates black and Latino students from their white peers. 

  • Fast Fact: Latino students striving for higher ed

    by Ed Trust

    Nearly half of all Latino undergraduates are the first in their families to pursue any form of higher education. 

  • Fast Fact: Hospitals and classrooms need top talent

    by Ed Trust

    75% of Americans want teacher prep programs to be at least as selective as pre-med programs when admitting candidates.

  • Fast Fact: Disciplinary practices do disservice to black students

    by Ed Trust

    Despite alternatives that would keep students on campus and learning, schools suspend black students at a rate that is over three times that for white students…

  • Fast Fact: Students vs. Shareholders

    by Ed Trust

    What do some for-profit colleges value more? A Senate investigation of 30 for-profits found they spent 19% of revenue on shareholder profits and only 17% on st…

  • Fast Fact: We’re still waiting

    by Ed Trust

    More than seven million college students are counting on Congress to keep their student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1.

  • Fast Fact: Daunting costs

    by Ed Trust

    High cost causes three out of four low-income students to rule out some colleges for which they qualify. 

  • Fast Fact: Money talks

    by Ed Trust

    $12.5 million: The amount for-profit colleges spent on lobbying in 2011, more than double what gun-rights advocates spent the same year. 

  • Fast Fact: Teacher satisfaction

    by Ed Trust

    Teacher job satisfaction is more influenced by a school's working environment than by student demographics. 

  • Fast Fact: The key to our freedom

    by Ed Trust

    "Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. ... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty." - Thomas Jefferson 

  • Fast Fact: Imagine a world without Pell

    by Ed Trust

    Without Pell Grants, nearly 10 million students could see their college opportunities vanish. As America celebrates 40 years of Pell, we must recommit to helpi…

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