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Require all universities to go #TestOptionalNOW

Students with access to time, money, and technology will always have an advantage over their peers when it comes to preparing for and taking the SAT and ACT, which is why standardized test scores track more closely to family wealth than college readiness. With communities of color and low-income families disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, the inequity of using standardized tests will be further intensified. Low-income students applying to college may have less opportunity to prepare for and take the exam, let alone afford test prep materials. Join the Partnership in urging legislators to prioritize equity in admissions by requiring all public universities go test optional for the next three admission cycles.

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Urge Legislators to Support Higher Education in State Budget

Due to the economic ramifications of COVID-19, without significant federal intervention the State will be faced with difficult budget decisions. Historically, when faced with decreased state revenue, higher education has borne a disproportionate share of the cuts, which are then passed on to students and their families. These cuts have the devastating effect of limiting students’ access to higher education, particularly for students from low-income families. Join us in sending a letter to the higher education and budget working groups, urging them to keep the doors to higher education open by making higher education a priority in the FY2021 state budget.

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Urge Members of Congress to Invest $225 Billion for K-12 and Higher Education

Join educational equity advocates around the country to urge Congress to provide additional education stabilization funds including substantial funding specifically for K-12 education and higher education, in an upcoming legislative package designed to address the continuing challenges and aftermath presented by COVID-19.

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