After A Pivotal Year For Education, What’s Next

2013 was a pivotal year for the nation's education policy. Just as in the economic arena, anger over inequity and unfairness has stirred the masses into action and sent a clear warning sign to political leaders for 2014.
Jeff Bryant
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Test Score Driven Education Ignores Students

In 2013, advocates for education "reform" doubled-down on the idea that test scores and rankings should drive policy. But this approach ignores the real needs of students. 2014, an election year, is an opportunity to change that approach
Jeff Bryant
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Support Efforts To Rein In For-Profit Colleges

The good news coming from the U.S. Department of Education is the effort to toughen restrictions on for-profit scam colleges that rip off students, families and taxpayers. Democratic lawmakers need to get behind the effort.
Jeff Bryant
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Day Of Action Reveals Anger With Education Policies

A Day of Action to Reclaim Public Education held on Dec. 9 in over 100 sites took on many forms, but there were common grievances. The range of locations and number of participants are testament to the breadth and depth of complaints.
Jeff Bryant
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Change The Way We Ensure Quality Teachers For Poor Kids

The idea of getting successful teachers to work in schools that poor kids attend is not without merit. An important new document lays out a view of how to achieve a equitable distribution of good teachers.
Jeff Bryant
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Day Of Action To Reclaim Public Education

Local schools are being ground into pieces by twin political augers of government austerity and top-down, corporate-backed 'reform.' Opposition to this status quo has announced a December 9th National Day of Action to Reclaim Public Education...
Jeff Bryant
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Can Centrists Leave Their Comfort Zone To Expand Pre-K?

Conservatives will continue to fight any effort to muster more federal support of preschool education. The only good way forward is for leaders to act on the courage of their convictions, not demands for compromises.
Jeff Bryant
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The Education Reform Conversation We Need vs. The One We Have

This past week, two videos captured just about everything you need to know about the status of "education reform." They offer a clarifying "aha moment" about a conversation America ought to be having but isn't.
Jeff Bryant
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Michelle Rhee’s Empty Harvest

Michelle Rhee has exemplified the education reform creed of a 'produce or else' mentality relying on student test scores. But new assessment systems have yet to fill the account left barren by the nation’s reluctance to invest in our children.
Jeff Bryant
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Is Education ‘Reform’ Wrecking The Common Core?

Whether you’re a big fan of new standards or not, it should be clear that the old way of doing 'education reform' will not work for the Common Core. Yet that seems to be the strategy rolling out...
Jeff Bryant
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Coalition For Real Education Reform Emerges

As the country pivots from the failures of No Child Left Behind, a new coalition of labor and community has formed to press for real education reform based on values that made public education an enduring American institution to begin with.
Jeff Bryant
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How Test Obsession Is Killing Education

We're dangerously mired in squabbling about what "the data" reveal about the quality of American schooling, even as teachers go begging for the very pencils students need to fill out the oh-so-critically-important tests.
Jeff Bryant
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America’s ‘Education Spring’ Goes Mainstream

With a new school year in session, there is widespread evidence that America's Education Spring is affecting voters at the ballot box, lawmakers in state capitals, and policy administrators carrying out new directives.
Jeff Bryant
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Don’t Buy Conservative Ideas Sold With Civil Rights Rhetoric

Conservatives are appropriating the language of the civil rights movement to accomplish a goal that has nothing to do with rescuing poor African-American students from low-quality education. Too many on the left aren't following along.
Jeff Bryant
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Charter Schools For Scandals

Hardly a week goes by without news of a scandal or a study tarnishing the image of charter schools. These schools need way more scrutiny and, yes, government regulation. But the charter school myth is hard to crack.
Jeff Bryant
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Tests Reveal What’s Rotten About Common Core

Regardless of what you think about the new Common Core State Standards and their ability to assess what students "really need," there's little doubt that students who took recent tests based on the standards were set up to fail.
Jeff Bryant
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Bennett-gate And The Politics Of Grading Schools

Last week’s midair disintegration of a high-flying apparatchik in the movement known as education “reform” is still making headlines in local press and the national media. Tony Bennett was a […]
Jeff Bryant
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What Parents Want For Education Policy

A mantra recited by those who pride themselves as adherents to a movement known as “education reform” is that for too long policies governing public schools have favored “the adults” […]
Jeff Bryant
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The Time Is Now To Press For Universal Preschool

Too often, when it comes to determining whether a new public program is too expensive or not, no one asks, “Compared to what?” What high-performing business, for instance, would forego […]
Jeff Bryant
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‘Education Spring’ Rebellions Get Noticed At The Top

The end of another school year is leaving a bad taste in many people’s mouths. A steady diet of government austerity and top-down “accountability” mandates have left numerous communities across […]
Jeff Bryant
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Common Core Meets The Education Spring

With the 59th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education rapidly receding, it’s important to remember that the original purpose of federal intervention in local education was to guarantee access […]
Jeff Bryant
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Why America Needs An Education Spring

Well, someone in the mainstream media finally had to ask the question. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, on his “All In” program on May 24, covered the forced closing of 50 public […]
Jeff Bryant
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The Forces Driving America’s Education Spring

In three days of protests over the weekend and lapping into Monday, people who look like they would be involved in a civil rights cause were protesting against the city's decision to close their neighborhood schools.
Jeff Bryant
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Sequester Cuts Are Dumb, Education Cuts Are Dumber

Cuts to government spending like the now-reviled “sequester” are not only “dumb” as my colleague Robert Borosage explained this week. They are literally making us dumber. What’s dumb is to […]
Jeff Bryant
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Wrong Lessons From Sandy Hook

There have been plenty of negative reactions to last week’s defeat of gun regulation in the U.S. Senate. In his Rose Garden address, President Obama was incredulous that legislation favored by 90 percent of Americans couldn't get 60 votes.
Jeff Bryant
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A Budget Compromise On Kids

The negative effects of ratcheting up security measures on schools are multifaceted. Studies conducted where is widespread presence of armed guards and security in schools have found that these measures lead to more students being pushed out of school and into the criminal justice system.
Jeff Bryant
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Occupy The Department Of Education

For four straight days, speaker after speaker spoke, shouted, and sang into a microphone placed near the entry way of a building bearing the name of an American president who did more to advance the well being of poor people than any other.
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