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.
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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.
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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.
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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

Early Signs Betsy DeVos Will Not Support Civil Rights

So far, Trump’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has sent numerous signs she is assembling a staff and laying down a policy mindset that seems indifferent – if not outright averse – to the needs of nonwhite students.
Jeff Bryant

During Resistance Recess, Join The Fight For Public Schools

Resistance Recess is an opportunity for you to sound the alarm about what is happening to public education. A new communications tool has all the talking points and in-depth research you need to advocate for public schools.
Jeff Bryant

The Schools Betsy DeVos Wants Parents To Choose

Betsy DeVos tells parents they would do better by sending their kids to privately-run schools. But what types of schools would she prefer? Based on the religious and rapper-run schools DeVos visits, the possibilities are frightening.
Jeff Bryant

Gorsuch’s Approval Would Put Vulnerable Students At Risk

Neil Gorsuch's court opinions reveal a pattern of antipathy toward students with disabilities. We must oppose his approval to the Supreme Court, as it would cement neglect for the vulnerable in legal precedent for generations to come.
Jeff Bryant

The Big Lie Behind Trump’s Education Budget

The anger public school advocates have for Trump's proposed education budget cuts is well-deserved. But the target for their anger should not be just the extent of the cuts but also how the cuts are being pitched to the public.
Jeff Bryant

What DeVos Means When She Says ‘Public Schools’

DeVos has called public schools a “dead end,” but now as Secretary of Education, she’s all for them. Or so she says. But it's likely what DeVos means by "public schools" is different from what you and I think.
Jeff Bryant

Yes, Schools Can Improve; Here’s How

Both sides in the current education debate assume real progress can't come from schools themselves, but must be imposed by outside folks who aren't professional educators. What if that assumption is wrong?
Jeff Bryant

Trump and DeVos Hatch a Deceptive Scheme to Push School Vouchers

A school voucher program is on President Trump's’s agenda — but it’s not being called that. There are reasons for this deception, and it’s important for progressives to understand Trump's scheme before the public debate starts.
Jeff Bryant

Progressives Lost The Vote On DeVos But Won Something Valuable

Betsy DeVos won her contest in the Senate to become the new U.S. Secretary of Education but likely killed a long-standing political consensus on education. Its death gives progressives a chance to push for something better.
Jeff Bryant

#Holdthefloor: Senate Democrats’ All-Night Vigil Against DeVos

Senate Democrats, channeling public opposition to Trump's nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education while venting their own outrage over her lack of qualifications for the job, are occupying the Senate floor for 24 hours.
Jeff Bryant

Will the Senate Reject DeVos?

The unprecedented opposition to education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos is less about politics and more about a struggle over the soul of education in America. Regardless of how the vote turns out, this fight will continue.
Jeff Bryant

Betsy DeVos May Want Quack Science Taught Instead of Real Thing

In her charitable giving, her financial investments, and the rhetoric she uses to express her intentions as education secretary, Betsy DeVos has signaled support for teaching intelligent design in schools as an alternative to evolution.
Jeff Bryant

New Reports Reveal The Big Charter School ‘Accountability’ Lie

At her confirmation hearing for US secretary of education, Betsy DeVos claimed to support accountability. But there's ample evidence–based on her record in Michigan and on how charters operate in general–there's no reason to believe her
Jeff Bryant

Does Betsy DeVos Care About Racial Equity? We Still Don’t Know.

It's not surprising someone who has never been a teacher, never run a school, never served as a public official official overseeing education, and never been engaged in scholarly work on education is not well versed in education policy.
Jeff Bryant

Will Betsy DeVos Restart The ‘Education Wars’?

Trump's nominating Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education risks “reigniting the education wars,” says teachers union leader Randi Weingarten. Indeed, Democrats in Congress are showing an uncharacteristically unified front in opposing her
Jeff Bryant

Democrats Who Oppose Betsy DeVos Have Nothing To Lose

From a political standpoint, the education reform agenda has been bipartisan because it had to be. Republicans needed Democrats in their inside game to help push ideas for privatization through government channels. Now, that's changed.
Jeff Bryant

The Carolina Coup and the Fight for Public Education

The naked power grab by Republicans in North Carolina has shocked the nation. But few people understand that a struggle over public education is at the center of the fight against an authoritarian government in the era of Donald Trump
Jeff Bryant
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