The GOP Tax Plan Is a Declaration of War on Learning

What Republicans propose in their tax plans isn't just a raid on budget items for the sake of fiscal efficiency; their plans are part of a strategic offensive against the very idea that all children and youth have a right to learn.
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How The GOP Tax Scheme Will Screw Your Local Schools

A Republican proposal to eliminate the deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) from federal income taxes will undercut education. It will also likely result in cuts to the same state and local taxes that provide most funding to schools.
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Center For American Progress Makes a Failed Case for Charters

The Center for American Progress's recent 'progressive case' for charter schools is flawed and unconvincing in multiple ways. What's most obvious is CAP hasn't spent much time seriously considering what charter school skeptics say.
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Betsy DeVos’s Attack On Public Education Is Just Beginning

Efforts to recast Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as marginalized or ineffectual are misleading. DeVos is quite pleased with the progress she’s making in her long game to change the nation's schools into a competitive marketplace.
Jeff Bryant

New Federal Grant Feeds Charter School Gravy Train In New Mexico

The U.S. Department of Education's new grants of over $250 million to charter school programs in states like New Mexico should prompt concern, given these schools' poor oversight and chronic disappointing academic performance.
Jeff Bryant

Beware Back-to-School Stories Celebrating Online Education

This Back-to-School season is filled with feel-good news stories about students attending internet-based schools. What the news outlets don't tell you is that these schools mostly get terrible results and often rip off taxpayers.
Jeff Bryant

The Sad Story of Public Education in St. Louis

Betsy DeVos says conversations about education should be about "buildings and systems." But the once grand, now crumbling schools St. Louis built for its children remind us the permanency of schools as institutions is important.
Jeff Bryant

Like Her Boss, Betsy DeVos Makes a Disaster All About Herself

While Trump's boasts about crowd size in Houston struck some as self-centered, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos struck a similar tone in Florida against a backdrop of the slow-motion catastrophe striking the state's public schools.
Jeff Bryant

Wanted: Strong Candidates Who Believe in Public Schools

Many political leaders would rather impose ideological "solutions" from the bag of mirrors known as "choice" – or more accurately "privatization" – than provide the resources we know it takes to ensure high-quality schools.
Jeff Bryant

What Happened To All The Teachers?

There's mounting evidence of widespread teacher shortages. Lousy pay is a problem for sure. But the lack of teachers isn't just an economic problem. It's also cultural. And loudmouth politicians who denigrate teachers aren't helping.
Jeff Bryant

Why Charter Schools Are Losing Support from Democrats

Progressive candidates and office holders have had little to say about school vouchers and charter schools. They'll need to wise up soon, as these policies are rapidly being defined by an emboldened grassroots as not at all progressive.
Jeff Bryant

What To Make Of The Democrats’ Growing Divide On Education

As Donald Trump unites Democrats on civil rights, healthcare, and immigration, his views on education policy are dividing the party. Democrats in denial of this are only going to make the party’s already marginalized status worse.
Jeff Bryant

Betsy DeVos’s ‘School Choice’ Is Really Crony Capitalism

Betsy DeVos says she supports "great public schools," but her actions show her hypocrisy. She undermines public options, yet favors schools owned by her friends. What she really wants is to tilt the playing field toward private ownership.
Jeff Bryant

Problems Posed By School Choice Can’t Be Ignored

Enraged school choice advocates denying fact-based criticism from Randi Weingarten and the NAACP can't continue to ignore the sordid past of their cause and the problems posed by charter schools and vouchers today.
Jeff Bryant

A Southern California District Resists Bad Education Policy

Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos say public schools are a failed idea and we need other options. But a school district in Southern California is showing that given sufficient resources and supports, public schools can get the job done.
Jeff Bryant

Why Teachers Don’t Trust Betsy DeVos, And Neither Should You

"There is no reason to trust this woman," is what NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia says about Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Indeed, there are plenty of reasons not to trust her, based on her dark-money past and her current behavior.
Jeff Bryant

Why Democrats Should Unite On A Charter School Moratorium

The NEA and NAACP want a moratorium on new charters that aren't subject to democratic governance and aren't supportive of the common good in local communities. Now Democratic leaders to join this call.
Jeff Bryant

Trump Is Vulnerable On Education. Do Democrats Care?

After a string of special election defeats, Democrats are retooling their messages about the economy and healthcare. They should update their message on education, too; there's evidence voters would welcome a change.
Jeff Bryant

Charter Schools Do Bad Stuff Because They Can

Local news reports from all across the country drip, drip a constant stream of stories of charter schools doing bad stuff that our tax dollars fund. Why do both Democrats and Republicans still fetishize them?
Jeff Bryant

DeVos Education Hires Bode Ill For Students’ Rights

Based on some of her recent hires for the Department of Education, Secretary Betsy DeVos seems intent to ignore students' rights, including protections for LGBT students, women, and the disabled.
Jeff Bryant

Our School Funding Crisis Has a Cause: Bad Leadership

Research shows there is a direct correlation between what we spend on schools and how well our students perform. But our elected leaders continue to slash taxes instead, and redirect more funds to unfounded experiments like charter schools.
Jeff Bryant

Trump Cuts Student Aid to Feed School Privatization

The Trump administration plans to cut programs for low-income school kids and college students to stoke the coffers of privately-operated schools and private lenders who profit from college debts.
Jeff Bryant

What Is the Purpose of School Choice?

Proponents of school choice claim it's not about results. Choice is for choice's sake, they say. But choices parents make about their children's education don’t just affect their children; they affect us all.
Jeff Bryant

The Democrats’ Dilemma On Charter Schools

Trump and DeVos have put Democratic charter school advocates in a bind. Dems are trying to differentiate themselves with misleading claims about how the charter industry works, as in David Leonhardt's recent New York Times op-ed.
Jeff Bryant
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