The Protest Generation Wants Its Education Back

Protests in North Carolina against HB2, the infamous “bathroom law” limiting protections for LGBT people, made national headlines. But there's another wave of protest actions in the Tarheel State you should know about.
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Why The Panama Papers Scandal Is About Cheating School Children

The Panama Papers show how wealthy people avoid paying taxes. But tax avoidance at a much smaller scale is actually quite commonplace right where you live, and the effects are most consequential on the least powerful in our society.
Jeff Bryant

Is Education Being Measured To Death?

April ushers in the beginning of testing season in public schools across the nation. But the tests don’t serve purposes that are as clear and reasonable as their advocates would have us believe.
Jeff Bryant

How Breaking Government Hurts Children

After years of declarations that “government is the problem” and we should “drown it in a bathtub,” new reports reveal that years of hating government are taking their toll on government services essential to children.
Jeff Bryant

Don’t Blame Bernie; Most People Don’t Get Charter Schools

When Bernie Sanders fielded a question about charter schools, his answer left a lot of folks scratching their heads. But charter schools do inhabit a sort of twilight zone in the legal distinction of what is public versus what is private.
Jeff Bryant

The Positive Aura Of Charter Schools Is Wearing Thin

A new survey of voters across the country reveals growing concerns about charter schools. The poll found the public generally opposes expansion of charters and strongly supports a wide range of charter school reforms.
Jeff Bryant

Momentum For Education Policy That Improves The Odds For Success

Signs continue to indicate momentum for a new emerging education policy narrative that treats student poverty as a real issue to be addressed rather than as an excuse to be dismissed – underscored in the relaunch of a schools initiative.
Jeff Bryant

What School Walk-Ins Teach Us

This week, thousands of supporters of public education demonstrated in a series of “walk-in” protests in over 30 cities and 900 schools. What these protests tell us is a hard, bitter truth about our schools.
Jeff Bryant

Why State Leaders Need To Back Away From School Takeover Agencies

Republican state lawmakers are seizing control of schools and school districts and overriding local governance of education. But if elected school boards are the problem, are state takeovers the solution? A new report says "No."
Jeff Bryant

An Emerging New Narrative For Education

The current narrative about our public education policy – at least the one we’ve been hearing for the past 20 years – no longer works. Fortunately, a new narrative is emerging from outside the usual sources.
Jeff Bryant

The School Choice We Have Vs. The Choice We Want

National School Choice Week is staged this time of year to elevate charter schools and vouchers. What we see in Detroit is increasing evidence of the “school choice” American communities really have. What kind of “choice” is this?
Jeff Bryant

Here’s How A Ruling In Favor Of Friedrichs Will Hurt Education

Earlier this month, news about a U.S. Supreme Court case raised concerns for progressives everywhere – for good reason. If the court upholds the plaintiffs in the Friedrichs case, that will hurt our children’s education.
Jeff Bryant

How Much Do We Hate Our Children?

Americans say they care about the well-being of kids. But it’s increasingly harder to see that sentiment reflected in policy. But there are recent examples of adults taking actions in the best interest of children.
Jeff Bryant

We’re Onto The Phony Education Reformers

After years of attacks on teachers and public education, Americans are catching up to the real story in our schools. 2015 was the year that forever transformed the hegemonic control so-called reformers have had on education policy
Jeff Bryant

Five Education Stories To Keep Your Eye On In 2016

Keep an eye this year on competitive governor races, more charter school controversy, the Friedrichs Supreme Court case, the Chicago teachers strike, and the ongoing resistance to testing.
Jeff Bryant

The Important Education Issue Leaders Are Still Ignoring

The issue that remains mostly unaddressed in education policy is the massive under-funding of public schools. Most states provide less support per student for elementary and secondary schools than they did in 2008.
Jeff Bryant

Shining A Light Into The Charter School Black Box

A new report shines a light into how charter schools have become a parallel school system, populated with enterprises and individuals who work in secret to suck money out of public education.
Jeff Bryant

Go Ahead, Pass Every Student Succeeds Act, But Don’t Celebrate It

There are things to like and dislike about the Every Student Succeeds Act the House just passed, but instead of celebrating it, we should pause to reflect on where we are in the evolution of education policy compared to where we should be
Jeff Bryant

Teacher Evaluations Fall Off The Education ‘Reform’ Agenda

Hillary Clinton recently shook up the education policy world when she challenged one of the pillars of the education establishment: the linking of teachers' job evaluations and pay to how students perform on standardized tests.
Jeff Bryant

Shake Off Those Charter Chains

Cartoonist Mark Fiore's latest video is a satirical look at the deeply serious issue of corporate charter school chains and their campaign to drain resources from public schools for their own bottom line.
Jeff Bryant

The Big Education Fight In The Democratic Party

The conventional wisdom supporting the market competition of charter schools is being questioned, this time from the most unlikely source – presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
Jeff Bryant

Education Reform’s Very Bad, God-Awful Week

Anyone who believes that cracking down harder on neighborhood schools and pushing for privately operated charters are the necessary “reforms” our education system needs has to admit this past week was a huge downer.
Jeff Bryant
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