How Populism Is Rewriting The Charter School Narrative

Two recent events showcase exactly how the populist fervor in the nation is redrawing the education policy landscape, and more specifically, rewriting the story of the roll out of charter schools in our communities.
Jeff Bryant

What’s Taking Little Rock Back To Its Segregated Past?

Progress on racial integration achieved during the civil rights period has gradually eroded. But in places like Little Rock, Ark., where progress started in 1957, the conflict continues; only the actors have changed.
Jeff Bryant

Rally for Education Justice – Are We Winning?

800 advocates for “the people’s education” gathered at the Lincoln Memorial last week, where speakers who included Diane Ravitch and Rev. William Barber placed the fight to save public schools in the context of social justice advocacy.
Jeff Bryant

Are Public Schools And Private Equity A Bad Mix?

Cities and towns are required to offer citizens a free education. That doesn’t mean that schools aren’t fair game for privatization. Detroit’s system incentivized a predatory sector to move into the city to get a good return on investment.
Jeff Bryant

Getting The ‘Customer Model’ Out Of Education

We're told schools need to be in step with the needs of businesses, and that education is "an investment" that gets a "return." The language of education policy is saturated in business values. But the truth is most businesses fail.
Jeff Bryant

Who Needs To Reach Higher For Higher Education?

Michele Obama on Friday may commend City College of New York graduates for their effort to "reach higher" in education. Let's hope she also tells policy leaders and public officials to reach higher to fund it.
Jeff Bryant

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.
Jeff Bryant

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
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