The Time Is Now To Press For Universal Preschool

Too often, when it comes to determining whether a new public program is too expensive or not, no one asks, “Compared to what?” What high-performing business, for instance, would forego […]
Jeff Bryant

‘Education Spring’ Rebellions Get Noticed At The Top

The end of another school year is leaving a bad taste in many people’s mouths. A steady diet of government austerity and top-down “accountability” mandates have left numerous communities across […]
Jeff Bryant

Common Core Meets The Education Spring

With the 59th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education rapidly receding, it’s important to remember that the original purpose of federal intervention in local education was to guarantee access […]
Jeff Bryant

Why America Needs An Education Spring

Well, someone in the mainstream media finally had to ask the question. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, on his “All In” program on May 24, covered the forced closing of 50 public […]
Jeff Bryant

The Forces Driving America’s Education Spring

In three days of protests over the weekend and lapping into Monday, people who look like they would be involved in a civil rights cause were protesting against the city's decision to close their neighborhood schools.
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Sequester Cuts Are Dumb, Education Cuts Are Dumber

Cuts to government spending like the now-reviled “sequester” are not only “dumb” as my colleague Robert Borosage explained this week. They are literally making us dumber. What’s dumb is to […]
Jeff Bryant

Wrong Lessons From Sandy Hook

There have been plenty of negative reactions to last week’s defeat of gun regulation in the U.S. Senate. In his Rose Garden address, President Obama was incredulous that legislation favored by 90 percent of Americans couldn't get 60 votes.
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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 […]
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