Jeff Bryant

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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Thursday, March 23, 2017
The Big Lie Behind Trump’s Education Budget
Public school supporters are angry at President Trump’s budget proposal, which plans to cut funding to the Department of Education by 13 percent – taking that department’s outlay down to the level it was ten years ago . But the target for their anger should not be just the extent of the cuts but...
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Thursday, March 16, 2017
What Betsy DeVos Means When She Says ‘Public Schools’
Betsy DeVos once called public schools a “dead end,” but now that she’s U.S. Secretary of Education, she’s suddenly all for them. At least that’s what she claims now. During her nomination process, numerous reporters noted DeVos’s obvious bias against public schools. As education journalist Valerie...
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Friday, March 03, 2017
Trump’s ‘School Choice’ Plan: Religious Fundamentalism At Taxpayer Expense
President Donald Trump is being praised for a change in tone in his recent address to Congress , but his belligerent attitude toward public education hasn’t changed a bit. While it’s true he stopped short of repeating his claims that public schools are “broken” and a “government monopoly,” what...
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Saturday, January 14, 2017
Will Betsy DeVos Restart The ‘Education Wars’?
Education, which was hardly ever mentioned in the recent presidential election, has suddenly been thrust to the frontline in the increasingly heated conflict over President-Elect Donald Trump’s proposed cabinet appointees. The reason for that turn of events is his choice of Betsy DeVos for...
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Sunday, January 08, 2017
Democrats Who Oppose Betsy DeVos Have Nothing To Lose
In “an unprecedented break” from tradition, Democrats in the US Senate are expected to challenge as many as eight of Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees, including Betsy DeVos for US Secretary of Education, according to a report by the Washington Post . The opposition to DeVos, Politico reports, comes...
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Saturday, December 24, 2016
Girding For The Education Fight Ahead
If you want to get an idea of what kind of education policies to expect from a Donald Trump administration, Wall St. has a clue for you. A report from BuzzFeed explains, online charter schools are “gearing up for a boom during the Trump administration, judging by where investors are placing their...
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Friday, December 09, 2016
Principles To Guide The Vetting Of Betsy DeVos
President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Betsy DeVos for US Secretary of Education in his administration set off a firestorm of commentary on what her impact might be on furthering “school choice” ventures like charter schools and vouchers that send taxpayer money to private enterprises. In a...
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Friday, November 18, 2016
What Student Protests Tell Us About America Under Trump
While it may be President Obama’s job to ease the country through the change in leadership to a President Donald Trump administration, the rest of the country doesn’t have to go along with it. At least, that’s the message coming from a massive show of protest and resistance in cities and towns...
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Friday, November 11, 2016
Education Victories Democrats Can Rally Around
Sorting through this week’s humiliating defeat by Donald Trump at the polls, Democrats are having a hard time finding any bright spots in all the darkness. But Trump’s victory was a very close one (he lost the popular vote) and may be easy to reverse in 2020 with a better campaign. So amidst the...
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Monday, November 07, 2016
Will Grassroots Beat Big Money In Massachusetts Charter School Vote?
A lot is at stake in tomorrow’s election, but as the New York Times reports, the big war in Massachusetts is not about who will be president but what will happen to the state’s number of charter schools. A ballot referendum called Question 2 would allow for the expansion of charter schools in the...
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