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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Sunday, October 14, 2018
How the Wealthy Destroy Public Schools, One Gift at a Time
News about wealthy folks giving millions to education draw both praise and criticism. But two new reports by public education advocacy groups reveal the real impact rich people have on schools and how they’ve chosen to leverage their money to influence the system. 'The Education Debt' The first...
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A recent news story from Arizona tells about an online charter school in that state that invests 70 percent of the money it gets from the state on the stock market rather than on instruction.(Photo: Screengrab) Views
Friday, September 07, 2018
Back-To-School Season Marred By Chronic Underfunding, Endless Charter School Scandals
Some of the most memorable education news stories from the 2017-18 school year were the photos spreading online virally showing Baltimore school children bundled up against the cold in unheated classrooms, the enormous outpourings of teachers walking out of schools and protesting at their state...
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"The report authors conclude that all the efforts to pressure schools to improve test scores had benefits that were “minor” at best, despite the high expense of the programs and the ill-will they fomented among teachers and communities." (Photo credit: Calgary Chuch / CC) Views
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Progressives May End Education’s ‘Funding Vs. Accountability’ War
For nearly three decades, education politics have been dominated by a conflict over inputs versus outcomes. Some say public schools and teachers need support and resources to adequately educate all students. Others argue measures of achievement and efficiency prove our education system is simply...
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Sunday, July 15, 2018
Kavanaugh Would Advance DeVos’s Religious Agenda for Schools
Immediately after Betsy DeVos took over as U.S. Secretary of Education, numerous education policy experts expressed doubts she’d have much success in enacting her well-documented agenda to impose her brand of Christian religion on public schools and direct more public money to private religious...
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“Not since the battles over school desegregation has the debate about public education been so intense and polarized.”(Photo: WDRB/screenshot) Views
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
After an ‘Educator Spring,’ Teachers Storm Elections
For Progressives, the stunning upset victory by first-time congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over a prominent incumbent candidate in New York seems to be a sign that a wave of change coming in the midterm elections. But a perhaps bigger, clearer sign of change is the groundswell of...
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Monday, June 25, 2018
Supreme Court’s Janus Ruling Will Hurt Children
If the Supreme Court rules against workers in Janus vs. AFSCME, it will hurt children at a time when it’s become shamefully commonplace for our government to abuse those of a tender age. Pushing the Janus case to a compliant Supreme Court is the conservative movement’s counterpunch against the...
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"In North Carolina, there’s little doubt parents use charters to segregate."(Photo: New Boston Post photo by Evan Lips) Views
Thursday, May 31, 2018
New Charter School Plan Should Alarm the Nation
Charter schools already have a segregation problem. But a new law about to pass in North Carolina would direct even more taxpayer money into funding charter schools that by design, if not by intent, lead to more racial segregation of school children. This is not only an alarming development in the...
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"The Democrats’ plan, called A Better Deal for Teachers and Students, calls for another $50 billion fund to pay for new school infrastructure." (Photo: WDRB/screenshot) Views
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Will Teacher Uprisings Change Democrats?
Anyone wondering whether teacher uprisings this spring will influence party politics and elections in November should look at what’s happened in this year’s primaries so far. Most prominent among primary contests involving education issues was an improbable win in Kentucky, where a first-time...
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“Charter schools increase the cost of public education in Texas by over $600 million per year.” (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Charter Schools Threaten the Existence of Public Education
Proclaiming May 6-12 National Charter Schools Week, President Trump kicked off a huge public relations campaign by the charter industry to ballyhoo the supposed success of these schools, although that success is a matter of bitter and ongoing dispute . But one outcome these privately-run, mostly...
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When the Arizona Teacher of the Year asked the Secretary about her views of the strikes, DeVos reportedly told her she preferred that “adults would take their disagreements and solve them not at the expense of kids and their opportunity to go to school and learn.”(Photo: WDRB/screenshot) Views
Thursday, May 03, 2018
The Right Lashes Out at Uprising Teachers
As mass teacher walkouts and protests ebb in Arizona and Colorado , bold new actions are ramping up in North Carolina. This spring’s teacher uprisings may well last through the end of this school year. On the whole, teachers across the nation have strung together an impressive series of victories,...
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