Right On Banks, Wrong On Schools

Congressman Mark Takano explains why even progressive Democrats fall for phony education reform. "if you liken education to bean counting, that’s not going to work."
Jeff Bryant
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The Big Jeb Bush Charter School Lie

As the ranks of Florida charter schools have swollen, the pathway out of poverty these schools were supposed to provide now looks more like a detour to exploitation and profit-making.
Jeff Bryant
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Why Chris Christie Hates Teachers

The antipathy, or apathy, politicians like some of the Republican presidential candidates have toward teachers derives from the reality that politicians tend to have unreal expectations about teachers and what they do.
Jeff Bryant
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Get Ready For The Next Wave Of Education “Reform”

As anti-democratic pressures on school governance appear to be easing on the federal front, states across the country are enacting the next form of education “reform” that may be as bad or worse
Jeff Bryant
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Lessons To Be Learned From New Orleans-Style Education Reform

As the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, you can count on seeing a lot of glowing stories about the great education progress made in New Orleans. You should be very suspicious of this marketing campaign.
Jeff Bryant
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Calls Mount For A National Moratorium On Charter Schools

Government officials for years have pledged to make public education more accountable. Yet that accountability didn't seem to apply to charter schools. A coalition of organizations now says this has to stop.
Jeff Bryant
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Education Policy Descends Into A Sad Proxy Battle

As the policy battle over mandatory testing is waged across the nation, new evidence of a real civil rights concern is being completely ignored by federal leaders and the policy elite in Washington.
Jeff Bryant
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Education Makes The Progressive Punchlist

The movement to resist and reform the nation’s public education policies has become woven into the media narrative of grassroots discontent surging across the country. Some progressives are starting to get this.
Jeff Bryant
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How California Flipped The Education-Reform Script

At least one state seems to have missed the war on public schools: California. Could it be that California has found an alternative to the “reform” path that has created so much discontent?
Jeff Bryant
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Is A Worthy Revision Of NCLB Really Possible?

Senators are now advancing a bipartisan revision to the law known as No Child Left Behind. Education policy experts who often don’t agree find something positive in the bill.
Jeff Bryant
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Why Populist Progressives Must Embrace The Education Spring

What likely animated voters' desire to oust Rahm Emanuel was his attacks on public schools and school teachers. Until Democrats are solidly supportive of public education, it is difficult to see how they will effectively counter Republicans
Jeff Bryant
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Resistance To Standardized Testing Not Going Away

Rollouts of new tests in practically every state are prompting widespread opposition. Journalists aren’t describing the resistance well but make no mistake; it really is 'something big'
Jeff Bryant
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Bad Reporting About Education Is Harming Schools And Students

Low-information reporters who tackle stories about education should consult with real education experts. But they often don't. The result: An echo chamber of garbage information that often contributes to bad policy.
Jeff Bryant
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The Education Spring Goes To College

People with grievances about higher education policy differ in some important ways. But the unifying theme is the same – that We the People should be in control of our education destinies.
Jeff Bryant
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How We End The War Over Standardized Testing

A policy that encourages trust and collaboration but enforces verification that includes a two-pronged assessment system of student and systemic outcomes could resolve the testing war
Jeff Bryant
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Dumb And Dumber In The Republican House Education Bill

The bill, the Student Success Act, was written completely by Republicans, passed through committee without any Democratic support, and has already drawn strong opposition from the Obama administration and others.
Jeff Bryant
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Memo To Civil Rights Activists: Testing Isn’t Helping

The civil rights argument for annual testing continues to devolve into circular reasoning: that we need to test every poor black and brown child every year to see what their test scores are.
Jeff Bryant
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Is This The End Of Education Austerity?

Recently, government officials and politicians – from the Beltway to the heartland – have declared allegiance to do what has been, up until now, the unmentionable: Spend more money on public education.
Jeff Bryant
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Senator Warren Clarifies The Money Matter In Revising NCLB

Where can Democrats find clarity in the current debate over how to rewrite No Child Left Behind legislation? Senator Warren has provided a powerful corrective message that Democrats everywhere should heed
Jeff Bryant
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A Fight Over Education In Nashville Might Come Your Way Next

Charter school takeovers of public schools in Music City portend a national trend. Public school parents and school board members are fighting back; one parent is "shouting my head off to save our school."
Jeff Bryant
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Why The Test Debate Is About Politics, Not Education

As Republicans present alternatives to the currently untenable situation posed by the current public school testocracy, Democrats aren't going to get footholds simply by saying the tests will get better.
Jeff Bryant
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Education’s Newsmaker Of The Year: Charter School Scandals

In 2014, charter schools became known primarily for their ability to concoct innovative new scams. From local stories to national news, charter school scandals of 2014 forever altered the narrative about these schools
Jeff Bryant
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Who’s Really Failing Students?

New standardized tests hitting most of the nation this school year have been engineered to increase failure rates. But what too few are asking is who really is the failure here.
Jeff Bryant
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