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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Broad’s investments in education reform were about redesigning schools "to function like corporate enterprises." (Photo: Eli Broad/Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic) Views
Thursday, October 17, 2019
How Billionaire Charter School Funders Corrupted the School Leadership Pipeline
It’s rare when goings-on in Kansas City schools make national headlines, but in 2011 the New York Times reported on the sudden departure of the district’s superintendent John Covington, who resigned unexpectedly with only a 30-day notice. Covington, who had promised to “transform” the long-troubled...
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In California, where charters are more plentiful than in any other state, the widespread scandals are starting to prompt talk among top state leaders of much-needed reforms. (Credit: American Federation of Teachers) Views
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Why Won’t the Charter School Industry Acknowledge Its Documented Failures
News broke recently about what may be the single biggest charter school scam ever in which an online charter school organization is alleged to have bilked the state of California for $80 million by enrolling tens of thousands of students into their programs, often without the students’ knowledge,...
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Pennsylvania’s surging charter school costs are direct causes of rapidly rising property taxes across the state. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) Views
Monday, June 10, 2019
Charter Schools Are a Major Dividing Line for the 2020 Democratic Candidates—Education Fights in Pennsylvania Point the Way
Charter schools have finally broken into the national political dialogue, with presidential candidates in the Democratic Party proclaiming their stances on these schools. But a national debate about charters and “school choice” will be an exercise in empty rhetoric unless the candidates’ views are...
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Milwaukee public school teachers, parents, students and supporters stage a picket line in Milwaukee on April 24, 2018. Views
Sunday, June 02, 2019
Why Democratic Presidential Candidates May Have to Choose Between Teacher Pay Raises and Charter Schools
For years, the safe havens for education policy debate in the Democratic Party have been expanding pre-K programs and providing more affordable college, but in the current presidential primary contest, another consensus issue has been added to the party's agenda: salary increases for K–12 classroom...
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Sunday, May 19, 2019
The Federal Government Has Poured Millions into Failing Charter Schools in Louisiana
When Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama, said Hurricane Katrina was the “best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans,” he was no doubt referring in part to how the storm and its aftermath led to the spread of charter schools across the city.
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The pain inflicted from charter school fraud and malfeasance goes beyond money. (Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Views
Monday, April 22, 2019
Things Didn’t Go Well When Betsy DeVos Was Confronted With Her Department’s Charter School Fraud
During a series of recent congressional hearings in Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos had to respond to a recent report finding the U.S. Department of Education has been scammed for hundreds of millions of dollars by fraudulent or mismanaged charter schools. Her responses...
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“We were motivated by what was happening in RedForEd movements elsewhere.” (Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
Sacramento Teacher Strike Is a Warning to #RedForEd Movement Everywhere
The enduring RedForEd movement that has spurred teachers to walk out of schools, organize massive labor actions, and stage protests in streets and state capitols has resulted in big victories for teachers in terms of new labor-friendly contracts, increased teacher pay, and improved conditions in...
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Views
Sunday, April 07, 2019
3 Questions That 'Created Havoc' in Betsy DeVos' Department of Education
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is famous for giving a nonresponse to fairly straightforward questions. More than one commentator has had fun with her contorted evasions, but her inability to explain the rationale for current education policies isn't confined to her own personality and ideology.
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In this year’s walkouts, teachers have raised the stakes in challenging progressives to come down firmly on their side to oppose further expansion of privatization efforts. (Rick Barbero/The Register-Herald) Views
Thursday, February 28, 2019
The Rapid Victory of the West Virginia Teacher Strike Shows What Happens When Progressives Join the Fight Against School Privatization
West Virginia’s most recent statewide teacher walkout came and went so quickly there was too little time and attention to comprehend and appreciate the impact the teachers’ actions will likely have long-term on changing the narrative of the teacher movement and how politically progressive advocates...
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A recent survey of school district administrators in Pennsylvania found that local public education systems across the state are experiencing greater financial stress.(Photo: Fibonacci Blue/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, February 07, 2019
Charter Schools Are Pushing Public Education to the Breaking Point
When striking Los Angeles teachers won their demand to call for a halt to charter school expansions in California, they set off a domino effect, and now teachers in other large urban districts are making the same demand . Unchecked charter school growth is also bleeding into 2020 election campaigns...
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