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 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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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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