Jeff Bryant

Jeff Bryant is an associate fellow at Campaign for America's Future and editor of the recently launched Education Opportunity Network, a project of the Institute for America’s Future, in partnership with the Opportunity to Learn Campaign.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 7:15am
Democrats Should Listen To What Senator Whitehouse Said About Education Policy
A curious thing happened this week on Capitol Hill: A politician said something about education that made sense. The “something” didn’t come from President Obama. In the president’s annual State of the Union address, “K-12 policy largely took a back seat”, Education Week’s Alyson Klein observed...
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Friday, January 16, 2015 - 1:30pm
Why The Test Debate Is About Politics, Not Education
Here’s how ridiculous the nation’s obsession with standardized testing has gotten: Last week Education Week reporter Catherine Gewertz came across a news item about a school in Florida that “forbid the flushing of toilets during testing … to cut down on the distraction .” (emphasis original) As she...
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Friday, December 19, 2014 - 2:45pm
Education’s Newsmaker Of The Year: Charter School Scandals
Since, it’s the time of the year when newspapers, websites, and television talk shows scan their archives to pick the person, place, or thing that sums up the year in entertainment, business, sports, or every other venue, why not do that for education too? In 2014 education news, lots of...
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Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 9:45am
Who's Really Failing Students
“Failure is not an option,” has been a popular slogan in public education for years. Although, flight engineers and astronauts in the Apollo 13 program originally coined the phrase as a motivator for competing against the Russians in the space race, some well-meaning advocates in the education...
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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 12:30pm
The Coalition for an Education Agenda Just Isn’t There, Yet
The anticipated role education was presumed to have in this week’s midterm election generally did not pan out. Most analysts have concluded the election results derived from a wave of voter “ discontent” mostly due to widespread economic dissatisfaction. Republican candidates were generally...
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Friday, October 10, 2014 - 9:15am
Education ‘Reformers’ Have Lost Their PR War, So Now What?
Americans have become accustomed to seeing the figureheads of big-money interests distort reality to suit their needs and get a lot of well-meaning folks to agree with them in turn. Recall, if you will, as Jonathan Chait recently did in New York magazine, how Wall Street-backed elites “fomented...
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Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 2:00pm
Student Protests Are A Bigger Deal Than You Think
When hundreds of high school students across a suburban school district outside of Denver, CO recently walked out of classes to protest a history curriculum, it quickly became national news . According to a local reporter , the students took to the streets multiple days in a row “to voice their...
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Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 1:00pm
The Conversation ‘Corporate Education Reformers’ Want Versus The One They Get
What will $12 million get you? How about a “conversation about education?” That’s what a new organization Education Post aims to get for its “initial grants,” courtesy of, according to education reporter Lindsay Layton of The Washington Post , ” the Broad Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the...
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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 8:45am
Back To Schools White People Cannot See
As the season for new school openings rolls out, there are reasons for a new consciousness-raising about those schools – the kind of consciousness-raising that can be brought about when there’s a shock to the system like Ferguson, Missouri. Of the many heartfelt, well thought-out, and clearly...
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Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 8:45am
Waking Up To Our Broken Education Policies
Who could ever forget comedian Jon Stewart’s commentary in early 2009 on how financial reporters totally botched reporting of the Great Recession. Stewart mocked journalists at CNBC for missing all the warning signs of the over-valued housing market and their failure to question wild speculation on...
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