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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Arizona teachers Views
Monday, April 23, 2018
Arizona's Uprising Teachers Build Bridges, Not Walls
We can add Arizona to the ever-growing list of states where teachers are saying “enough” to state-imposed financial austerity, and walking off the job to protest years of pay cuts, inadequate school resources, and stressful working conditions. Under the banner of #RedForEd , Arizona teachers voted...
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"Democrats in the state legislature spent considerably more energy staving off further cuts to education, rather than pushing for bold efforts to increase funding." (Photo: WDRB/screenshot) Views
Friday, April 20, 2018
Why Teacher Uprisings May Hit Blue States Too
Surprising results from a new survey of teachers reveal the depth of “financial strain” classroom professionals face. These include high levels of college debt, stagnation of already subpar pay, increasing housing and childcare costs, rising health insurance premiums and prescription costs, and...
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"National Democrats have been cautious to back the striking teachers, but that is changing now that Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders have voiced support for the teachers." (Photo: WDRB/screenshot) Views
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
What Teacher Strikes Can Teach Democrats About Education Politics
The momentum of this spring’s teacher uprising is growing, as Oklahoma teachers extend their walkout into a second week and teachers in Kentucky and Arizona are increasingly eager for some kind of disruptive action. It’s too early to gage the full impact of this movement, but that hasn’t stopped...
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"A recent poll conducted by the Oklahoma association of teachers found, “93 percent of Oklahomans believe the state legislature has not done enough to increase funding for Oklahoma students and public schools." (Photo: @StepUpOklahoma/Twitter) Views
Thursday, April 05, 2018
Striking Teachers Are Fighting for Communities
Teacher strikes that started in West Virginia and are now raging in Oklahoma and whipping up in Kentucky and Arizona are being called a “nationwide movement.” But a nationwide movement for what? The Wall Street Journal calls the teacher rebellions a “response to years of steep cuts to state...
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"With the ascension of the deeply unpopular Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to President Trump’s cabinet, Democrats are making her an issue in state and local elections and invoking her name in fundraising emails to whip up opposition to centrist Democrats and Republicans." (Photo: Alex Milan Tracy/AP) Views
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Democrats Can Win if They Lead on Education
While progressives lament their recent failure in an Illinois primary to knock out Dan Lipinski – a conservative, anti-abortion, Congressional Democrat who voted against the Affordable Care Act – they mostly fail to note where and how they won elsewhere in the state. Zaid Jiani reports for The...
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"The outrage over DeVos is warranted. Her inability to answer direct questions is confounding, and she insults public school educators, who she’s expected to help support and lead, at nearly every turn." (Photo: Reuters) Views
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Betsy DeVos Wants To Cut Public Education to The Bone
True to form, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s testimony before Congress this week was yet another example of how her utterances about American public education and her governance over the system send people into fits of frustration and outrage. Appearing before a House subcommittee, she...
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Betsy DeVos Has Visited One ‘Underperforming’ School – A DC Charter
In the much-written-about 60 Minutes interview of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos by CBS reporter Lesley Stahl there was a telling exchange when Stahl queried DeVos on whether she had visited any “bad schools.” DeVos replied, “I have not intentionally visited schools that are...
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Sunday, March 11, 2018
West Virginia Teachers Tell Us Why Public Schools And Unions Matter
Striking public school educators in West Virginia overcame all odds in getting lawmakers to agree to a five-percent pay raise and a realistic commitment from the state to address a broken public employee health insurance program. Equally remarkable is how the West Virginia strike is already...
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“The most striking impact of school police officers,” the New York Times reports, “has been a surge in arrests or misdemeanor charges for essentially nonviolent behavior …. that sends children into the criminal courts.” (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Views
Friday, March 02, 2018
Will Lawmakers Again Make Schools The Sacrificial Lamb For Gun Control?
Democratic Senators were positively “giddy,” according to the New York Times, when President Donald Trump, during a live televised meeting, declared his strong support for gun control and urged Congress to pass a comprehensive bill that would expand background checks, keep guns from mentally ill...
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 "The argument for charter schools and vouchers, on the other hand, is much less supported by statistics and more reliant on rhetoric." (Photo: Roca Ruiz/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, February 08, 2018
Puerto Rico Braces for Wave of School Privatization
The warnings came right after the storm : Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico would be used as an opportunity to transfer management of the island’s schools to private operators of charter schools, and introduce voucher programs that would redirect public education funds to private schools...
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