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, 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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'She complains of “privileged white men” and “elites” in state office, with no experience in public schools.' (Photo: Karolina Buczek/Twitter) Views
Friday, April 27, 2018
Kentucky Teachers’ Walkout Catalyzes More Advocacy
Headlines about teachers’ strikes may have moved on from Kentucky and Oklahoma to Arizona and Colorado , but the uprisings these wildcat teachers started have not, according to numerous sources I’ve spoken with in Louisville – Kentucky’s largest school district, with over 100,000 students. Kentucky...
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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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