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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Award-Winning Story Questions The ‘Charter School Hype’

"Charter schools have been relentlessly marketed as a silver bullet for 'failed' public schools … But as these institutions proliferate, so are troubling reports of what the charter movement has unleashed."
Jeff Bryant
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Why People Are ‘Walking In’ For Public Schools

Organizations representing advocates for public schools have joined their voices today in events across the country as part of a national Week of Action for the Public Schools All Our Children Deserve.
Jeff Bryant
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Can We Stop Using Tests To Drive Education Reform?

Politicians and public officials are starting to hear the growing chorus against standardized testing. But we’ve yet to hear a coherent answer to, "Can we stop using tests to drive education reform?"
Jeff Bryant
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The Coalition For An Education Agenda Isn’t There, Yet

Results from the midterm elections revealed an education agenda has yet to become part of a populist coalition. Advocates for public schools won’t win until they join that coalition and pressure Democrats adopt more populist causes
Jeff Bryant
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Big Money Taking Over Education Politics

Big money is now altering the electoral process in school board elections and state level contests for school administration. The results are apt to be the same we’ve seen in more popular elections – a distortion of democracy
Jeff Bryant
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Will Education Save The Democrats?

It may. And if grassroots public schools supporters bail out the campaigns of some Democratic candidates, there are lessons to be learned and potentially intriguing shifts in how the Democratic Party treats education policy?
Jeff Bryant
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Why Change The Way We Talk About Education

Education policy ideas that once seemed so resolute are now shaken by strong voices of opposition. There’s a new book to help us in the serious work of rethinking the nation’s education agenda – by changing the way we talk about education
Jeff Bryant
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Education ‘Reformers’ Have Lost Their PR War, So Now What?

Despite nearly a generation of browbeating and finger wagging, the efforts of the 'education reform' campaign have completely and utterly failed. Popular opinion appears to be more behind public schools than ever. So now what?
Jeff Bryant
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Student Protests Are A Bigger Deal Than You Think

When high school students across a suburban Denver school district walked out of classes to protest a history curriculum, it quickly became national news. But the story has now widened into a much larger controversy.
Jeff Bryant
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What’s The Matter With Kansas Education Policy?

Left-leaning people have been warned to pay attention to how conservative politics in the heartland resonate into national trends. This dynamic is especially acute in education.
Jeff Bryant
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Back To Schools White People Cannot See

As the season for new school openings rolls out, there are reasons for a new consciousness-raising about those schools that can be brought about when there's a shock to the system like Ferguson, Mo.
Jeff Bryant
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Character Change In The ‘Education Reform’ Soap Opera

Michelle Rhee's resignation from the organization she founded, StudentsFirst, is an alteration of a script already written by very wealthy people who’ve created an elaborate fiction for how the nation should educate its children
Jeff Bryant
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‘Better Than Republicans’ Not Good Enough For Education

New interviews with leading voices in the progressive education movement have brought to light how policy compromises forged by centrist Democrats have enabled truly bad consequences for public education. Progressives are saying "enough"
Jeff Bryant
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The Truth About The New Orleans School Reform Model

Having an honest discussion about education policy usually means questioning what policy leaders and their scribes in the press are foisting off as "information." Take New Orleans as an example.
Jeff Bryant
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Education ‘Reform’ Loses The Netroots

For those whose white-hot enthusiasm for presidential politics may be dampened by the inevitability of a Hillary Clinton candidacy, there may be no more promising alternative channel than the raging fight for public education.
Jeff Bryant
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Waking Up To Our Broken Education Policies

Those tempted to jump into the fray of the education debate should be aware they're late to the scene and way behind the narrative. Grievances with adequate, equitable funding and lack of democratic control are driving the debate.
Jeff Bryant
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Democratic Party’s Divide On Education Policy Gets Worse

The Democratic Party’s divergence from progressive values for governing our schools mostly went unnoticed in major media outlets until recently. Now clear divides within the party compel candidates and their supporters to choose sides
Jeff Bryant
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The Cost Of Leaving Educators Off The Education Agenda

As too few of the expectations of the policy wonks in D.C. seem to catch hold in schools and classrooms, what certainly has ‘trickled down’ is the attitude that the voices of teachers don’t matter much.
Jeff Bryant
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Will Anyone Stop Charter School Corruption?

Recent reports from several states reveal a cavalcade of charter school corruption. Yet lawmakers around the country are proposing and enacting new policies to feed more children into the charter chain pipeline.
Jeff Bryant
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Dirty Secret In The Education Wars: Money Matters

The dirty, little secret is that spending more money on schools is what most people really want – and for good reason. Yet what we’ve been seeing is a 'reform' agenda that emphasizes anything but.
Jeff Bryant
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Standards Scolds Are Getting Us Nowhere

Support for the Common Core is eroding away, and you have to wonder what the Obama administration and a significant wing of the education establishment are going to be left with.
Jeff Bryant
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Education Accountability We Can Believe In

For years, education policy has been obsessed with outcomes like scores on standardized tests while focusing less on the inputs into our children’s schooling. It’s time for alternatives to this mindless direction.
Jeff Bryant
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Who Betrayed The Legacy Of Brown v. Board?

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, today’s political leaders engage in grand gestures of "progress" while taking deliberate actions to increase racial inequity.
Jeff Bryant
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The Pursuit Of The Magic Education Metric

Education is a public investment that needs to be held accountable in a transparent manner. No one is against that. But that doesn’t excuse the application of measures that are proving to be questionable if not downright erroneous...
Jeff Bryant
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Parental Advice To Education Policy Makers

Current education policies are misaligned with parenting and the role it plays in child development, achievement and school governance. Policies have forgotten the parenting part of schools. We need to get it back.
Jeff Bryant
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Are Teacher Evaluations Education ‘Reform’s’ Biggest Bust?

This week, a key underpinning to the whole teacher evaluation program pushed by the Obama administration was cast into doubt. These new schemes are doing great harm to teachers and, consequentially, the students in their charge.
Jeff Bryant
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Test Season Reveals America’s Biggest Failures

It’s testing season in America, and despite of how students do, it’s clear who is already flunking the exams: Major media outlets and an entrenched education regime that’s prevailed in policy making for over 30 years.
Jeff Bryant
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A ‘Fair Shot’ Agenda For Education

Democrats left K-12 education out of its "Fair Shot" agenda. But if they want a fair shot at economic success for all workers, Democrats need to press for a fair shot at education for all students.
Jeff Bryant
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How Education ‘Reform’ Perpetuates Racial Disparity

The media noticed new data showing that a child’s education destiny is strongly determined by race. But few people bothered to ask how and why overt racial disparity came about – and what to do to change it.
Jeff Bryant
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Extremists In The Education Debate

New extremists in the education debate represent a mindset unwilling to fight things out on a democratic playing field, no matter how unlevel. Instead, they aim to eliminate the playing field altogether
Jeff Bryant
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Mayor De Blasio Is Right About Charter Schools

This is what the debate about education policy – and charter schools – so often comes to: So much sturm und drang about a favored trinket from the "education reform" tool box while matters of more importance get neglected or abused.
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