What We Do

P-12 Policy, Research & Practice

All students need access to a high-quality, rigorous P-12 education to prepare for the opportunities and demands of the world outside of school doors. But too many young people — disproportionately African American, Latino, and Native students and students from low-income families — are getting an education that falls far short.

Higher Education Policy, Research, & Practice

Obtaining a college degree has never been more important. Although higher education institutions have opened their doors to more students, we have not seen equal strides in the number of students who actually complete four-year degrees. Too few college freshmen graduate from a four-year university within six years. The numbers are worse for students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

Federal Advocacy

Ed Trust are advocates and thought partners for Congressional staff, executive agency staff, and stakeholders from the education, civil rights, disability, and business communities in order to achieve and implement federal policies that advance educational equity for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds. We use policy analysis, messaging, and legislative and regulatory strategic thought to educate, engage, and build demand for Ed Trust’s equity agenda amongst, and alongside, federal policymakers and diverse coalitions of advocates.

State Advocacy

In 7 states, Ed Trust seeks to drive conversations about how the state’s public education system can better serve students of color and students from low-income backgrounds, pre-K through college and career. We bridge policy and community by engaging and equipping education stakeholders, including civic organizations, education equity coalitions, thought leaders, educators, policymakers, families, and youth. Working alongside advocates, Ed Trust draws attention to inequities that disproportionately impact underserved students; equips partners with actionable and accessible advocacy tools; and builds capacity and collective will to demand and secure equity-advancing policy and practice.