A Budget Compromise On Kids

The negative effects of ratcheting up security measures on schools are multifaceted. Studies conducted where is widespread presence of armed guards and security in schools have found that these measures lead to more students being pushed out of school and into the criminal justice system.
Jeff Bryant

Occupy The Department Of Education

For four straight days, speaker after speaker spoke, shouted, and sang into a microphone placed near the entry way of a building bearing the name of an American president who did more to advance the well being of poor people than any other.
Jeff Bryant

Will Charter Schools Survive The Charter School Movement?

America’s education polices are brimming with contradiction. Schools, we’re told, need more standardization, but parents need more choices, which standardization precludes. Teachers need to be held to more accountability, but […]
Jeff Bryant

The Democratic Party’s Anti-Democratic Education Policy

This post is republished from the Education Opportunity Network, a new online publication edited by Jeff Bryant. Chicago, the city famous for “big shoulders,” has a big mouth, too. Spurred […]
Jeff Bryant

The Disempowerment Of Public School Parents

For years, policy initiatives stemming from right-wing belief tanks have been wrapped in the rhetoric of positive outcomes that are, in fact, the complete opposite of what the measures are […]
Jeff Bryant

Renew The American Commitment To Opportunity

A current debate raging among policy makers is whether America’s dysfunctional education system has created our sick economy – or whether the country’s sick economy has created widespread poverty with […]
Jeff Bryant

Is Right-Wing School Reform (Texas) Toast?

This post is republished from the Education Opportunity Network, a new online publication edited by Jeff Bryant. It’s a conventional wisdom among Democrats to write off the state of Texas […]
Jeff Bryant

The Inconvenient Truth Of Education “Reform”

Events in the past week showed how market-driven education policies, deceivingly labeled as “reform,” are revealing their truly destructive effects on the streets and in the corridors of government. From […]
Jeff Bryant

Teachers Take A Stand Against An Onslaught

If you've noticed lately the tendency in car commercials to show the vehicle against a background of an empty city street, you can assume it's likely due to the abundance of empty city streets available in the place famous for being home to the major automotive companies -- Detroit.
Jeff Bryant

Critical Questions Democrats Must Ask About School Choice

Left-leaning people everywhere recently got a hoot when the Texas Republican Party declared its opposition to the teaching of "Higher Order Thinking Skills," including "critical thinking skills," in public schools.
Jeff Bryant

Public Education’s ‘Shock Doctrine Summer’ Rolls Out, Part 2

With the glow of high school graduations still lingering in many American families, and analysts predicting that an"economic recovery" is on the way, this is a time when you'd expect to start hearing more positive news about the state of US public education.
Jeff Bryant

Democrats Must Oppose Republicans On Education

A funny thing happened on the way to the news cycle the past two weeks when the issue of education -- specifically, public schoolteachers and student loan relief -- maintained a presence on the political stage.
Jeff Bryant

Romney Obama Vie For Who Can Hurt Education The Worst

In this week's round in the nation's presidential contest, education got tossed into the ring and slapped around by the opposing candidates and their spokespeople. Who won the round is anyone's guess, but poor education got mauled in the process and tossed into the spit bucket.
Jeff Bryant

Teacher Depreciation Week

It was Teacher Appreciation Week this week. Unfortunately, someone forgot the appreciation part. President Obama, for one, kicked off the week by proclaiming that from now on the week would also (instead?) be forever known as National Charter Schools Week.
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