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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President Donald Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos attend a roundtable on reopening schools at the White House on August 12, 2020. (Photo: Shealah Craighead/Flickr) Views
Sunday, November 01, 2020
Bad Leadership Is Plunging Public Schools Into a Crisis
Michael Barbour, a professor at Touro University California and an expert on K-12 online learning, believes that more than half of the nation's school superintendents "should be fired." Improving remote learning would have meant creating spaces for teachers to collaborate and share models of...
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Stephanie Davis and her daughter, Janiyah, attend the State of the Union address on February 4, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Views
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
The Charter School Movement Is Imploding. What Comes Next May Be Worse
For too long,” Trump declared in his State of the Union address on February 4, “countless American children have been trapped in failing government schools.” Trump, to shore up his point, introduced two guests in the audience: Stephanie Davis, a black single mom from Philadelphia, and her fourth-...
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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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