President Obama announced today that he would nominate Russlynn Ali to be the assistant secretary for civil rights at the United States Department of Education.
Ali is vice president of Education Trust, a civil rights and education advocacy group. She also directs its Oakland-based partner, Education Trust-West, so she’s endured a number of interviews with me.
In case you were wondering, Ed Trust supports the “results-based accountability” of No Child Left Behind as a way to narrow the racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps.
You can read the Mercury News story here.
Here is Ed Trust’s take on NCLB, in a nutshell:
“Some would say that the current law asks too much of schools. We think it asks too
little. Our recommendations ask states to raise the bar for students, so that students
meeting state standards will be well prepared to meet the real-life challenges of college
and careers. But we don’t want states to just raise the bar; we want them to get students
over it. Our recommendations would provide states, districts, schools, teachers, and
parents with important new tools and resources to help them get students to higher levels
of academic achievement so that success in school can serve as the foundation for
success beyond school.”—Kati Haycock, president of the Education Trust.