Government Relations

Statewide education policies significantly impact millions of students, families, and communities, influencing educational equity and justice. At Ed Trust–West, both legislative and budget advocacy are central to our mission. We employ diverse strategies, from assisting community members in connecting with elected officials to collaborating with state education leaders on policies that bolster educational equity.

Our primary goal in legislative and budget advocacy is to champion equitable solutions for our state’s students of color from low-income backgrounds. Explore our advocacy work, follow our positions on bills, and discover how you can be part of our journey!

Featured Advocacy Efforts

Equity 8: Every spring, California lawmakers introduce educational reforms for its 10 million students, emphasizing support for students of color, low-income learners, and multilingual learners. The Education Trust–West annually selects the top eight of these initiatives that best promote equity and justice. Together with our team, we fervently track and advocate for their adoption.

Our Recent Wins – Delve into our previous years’ efforts and achievements.

Win #1

Securing $1.4B for one-time rate
increases to childcare rates

Win #2

Securing $200M in 2022 Budget Act
for Dual Enrollment Expansion

Win #3

Securing $64M in the 2022 Budget Act
for the Equitable Placement & Completion Grant, alongside the signing of AB 1705 (Irwin)

Current Advocacy & Updates

Stay updated with our most recent legislative actions, success stories, and statements.

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Advocacy Documents

Access our most recent position letters, statements, and official documents.

Position Letters:

Budget Letters: Updated in January, May, and June