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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Friday, July 21, 2017
How Budget Austerity Puts Public School Parents On Par With Criminals
In researching an upcoming article I’m writing about the St. Louis school system, and the district’s ongoing funding crisis, I came across an astonishing example of who wins and who loses in current approaches to government budget balancing. As a local St. Louis reporter tells it , during a public...
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Thursday, July 13, 2017
Why Teachers Don’t Trust Betsy DeVos, And Neither Should You
The nation’s largest organization representing classroom teachers, the three million-member National Education Association, is getting plenty of guff over its decision to stonewall U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The NEA’s latest rejection note to the secretary came from the organization’s...
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Thursday, July 06, 2017
Why Democrats Should Unite On A Charter School Moratorium
Democrats know that success for their party relies on bringing labor and civil rights advocates together on key issues. Faced with disastrous Donald Trump, labor and civil rights advocates are rallying in common cause behind health care for all, a living wage for every worker, a tax system where...
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Thursday, June 29, 2017
Trump Is Vulnerable On Education. Do Democrats Care?
A string of special election defeats has left Democrats bewildered at how they can continue to lose against a party led by the most unpopular president ever. Seasoned campaign analysts and political observers have criticized Democrats for not having a clear enough message, other than “we’re not...
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Friday, June 23, 2017
Charter Schools Do Bad Stuff Because They Can
Charter schools have become a fetish of both Democratic and Republican political establishments, but local news reports continue to drip, drip a constant stream of stories of charter schools doing bad stuff that our tax dollars fund. An independent news outlet in New Orleans , where the school...
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Saturday, June 17, 2017
Are ‘Nonprofit’ Charter Schools a Distinction Without a Difference?
In the most recent financial filings available, the couple who run a chain of 18 schools pay themselves $315,000 a year, plus nearly $39,000 in benefits. The school also employs their daughters, their son, and even a sister living in the Czech Republic. Families who enroll their children in the...
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
What Betsy DeVos Calls Education Transformation Is Actually Public Theft
Betsy DeVos wants to give your tax dollars to private schools and businesses and tell you it’s an education “transformation.” That’s the main theme of an address she gave this week to a conference held by the organization she helped found and lead, the American Federation for Children. Declaring “...
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Thursday, May 18, 2017
Trump’s Education Budget Feeds School Privatization At The Expense of Students
The vision of “education reform” coming from the Trump administration and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos entails cutting direct aid to students, especially those from low-income families, in order to expand the private sector’s financial footprint in education. That at least is what’s reflected...
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Thursday, April 13, 2017
During Resistance Recess, Join The Fight For Public Schools
In this season of resistance, there’s no issue more imperative to your community than the fight for public education. While Congress is in recess, until April 23, you’ve got the opportunity – and a brand new advocacy tool from the Network for Public Education – to inform your local Congressional...
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Thursday, April 06, 2017
The Schools Betsy DeVos Wants Parents To Choose
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos finally found a public school she could visit where there wouldn’t be protests . It’s on a military base, safely inside the compound of Ft. Bragg in North Carolina. As a local news outlet reports, DeVos used her appearance at Kimberly Hampton Primary, a...
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