Betsy DeVos Wants to Cut Public Education to the Bone

True to form, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s testimony before Congress this week was yet another example of how her utterances about American public education and her governance over the […]
Jeff Bryant

WV Teachers Tell Us Why Public Schools And Unions Matter

The West Virginia teachers’ strike is not only a startling victory for labor rights; it’s also a reminder of the important role public schools and public school educators can and should play in progressive populism.
Jeff Bryant

St. Paul Teachers Score a Win for Kids Over Big Money

State and local governments claim there's "no money" for public services like education, yet lavish huge tax breaks on corporations and the wealthy. The St. Paul teachers' union has shown progressives how to fight back, and win.
Jeff Bryant

Puerto Rico Braces for Wave of School Privatization

Puerto Rico is privatizing schools wholesale in the wake of Hurricane Maria, just as New Orleans did after Hurricane Katrina. This compounds the damage done by the storm, and is part of a pattern of disaster capitalism that hurts children.
Jeff Bryant

How Public Schools Became Easy Pickings for the Kochs

The Koch brothers' dark-money network says public schools are the "lowest hanging fruit" in their campaign to dismantle government institutions. It's time for Democrats to step up and defend public education from this coming assault.
Jeff Bryant

Massive Charter School Failure Exposes Thousands of Students

A massive charter school closure in Ohio leaves thousands of students in the lurch, and the state with the bill. This failure prompts questions about accountability in this business model, but how many school-choice zealots will ask them?
Jeff Bryant

Trump Fills The Swamp To Exploit College Students

President Trump ran on promises to "drain the swamp" of special interests and corporate lobbyists in Washington, DC, but higher education policy in his administration is a quagmire of Okefenokee proportions.
Jeff Bryant

Betsy DeVos Harms Higher Ed More Than K-12 in 2017

DeVos calls loudly for K-12 "school choice" and neglects younger students' civil rights, but she has proven far more effective at gutting regulations that protect the rights of college students and college student loan borrowers.
Jeff Bryant

Republican Tax Plan Opens Back Door To School Vouchers

Betsy Devos' Republican friends in Congress have put new provisions in their tax plan that open a back door to federally-supported school vouchers, which will give millions of dollars from public treasuries to private and religious schools.
Jeff Bryant

Is Betsy DeVos About To Pump Up The School-To-Prison Pipeline?

Students frequently suspended from school are at high risk of getting involved with the criminal justice system. The Obama administration set up new regulations to address the school-to-prison pipeline. Now Betsy DeVos is undermining them.
Jeff Bryant

Why Republicans Are Rebooting the For-Profit College Industry

A controversial rewrite of the Higher Education Act turns back the clock to when predatory for-profit colleges and lenders could purchase government officials and political appointees, then cripple students with debt and worthless degrees.
Jeff Bryant

Republicans Declare War On Higher Education

The GOP's proposed rewrite of the Higher Education Act will compound the harm done by their tax plan. It further constricts learning opportunities for students, adds to the costs of education, and steers more money to for-profit businesses.
Jeff Bryant

GOP Takes War On Learning Into Senate Tax Plan, States

As the Republican-controlled Congress advances tax plans that slash public education, a new report reveals how state and local government officials, especially where GOP leadership dominates, are butchering school funding.
Jeff Bryant

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.
Jeff Bryant

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.
Jeff Bryant

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.
Jeff Bryant

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
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