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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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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The emergence of charter schools as an important consideration in teacher collective bargaining agreements, and the recognition of charters as a form of privatization, are two major developments in the education policy and politics of choice. (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, January 18, 2019
A Swelling Tide of Major Teacher Strikes Is Shifting Our Politics Against the Charter Agenda
This week, Republican lawmakers held a press conference on Capitol Hill to kick off National School Choice Week, an annual event that began in 2011 under President Obama who proclaimed it as a time to “recognize the role public charter schools play in providing America’s daughters and sons with a...
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“A change in education is Arizona’s No. 1 issue,” Garcia said in a televised debate. “It is my strength, it is Ducey’s weakness, and it’s going to be the difference.” (Photo: Victoria Pickering/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
How Teachers Might End Up Beating Back the Koch Brothers’ Plan to Privatize Arizona Schools
The moment Beth Lewis realized the powerful political forces she was up against was when she was seated in the gallery of the Arizona House watching Republican legislators, one-by-one, fall into line to support a new bill she and her fellow teachers had come to the capitol to oppose. Republican...
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Donald Trump, Betsy DeVos Views
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Education May Propel the Blue Wave in DeVos Country
It’s increasingly clear that if the November midterm elections are to produce a “Blue Wave” for the Democratic Party, then many of the wins will need to come in Midwestern states that Trump carried in the 2016 presidential election. But what’s less well understood is that an issue helping...
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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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