Jeff Bryant

Jeff Bryant is an associate fellow at Campaign for America's Future and editor of the recently launched Education Opportunity Network, a project of the Institute for America’s Future, in partnership with the Opportunity to Learn Campaign.

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Friday, June 26, 2015 - 7:30am
Lessons To Be Learned From New Orleans-Style Education Reform
As the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, you can count on seeing a lot of glowing stories about the great education progress made in New Orleans since a natural disaster killed nearly 2,000 people, emptied a beloved city, and gave public school reformers what they always wanted: a...
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Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:45pm
An Alternative To Failed Education ‘Reform’ (If We Want One)
The movement to boycott standardized testing has caught the media totally by surprise. The mostly parent-led effort started with Facebook pages and neighborhood meetings has grown into a firestorm of resistance. As the Associated Press reported this week, “This ‘opt-out’ movement remains scattered...
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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 7:45am
Resistance To Standardized Testing Not Going Away
Does populist outrage matter anymore? Anyone following the growing resistance to unpopular standardized testing in the nation’s public schools may soon see. Thousands of teachers, parents, students, and public school advocates poured into the streets of New York City to call attention to the plight...
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Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:00pm
Revisiting A Progressive Education Agenda: What’s Happened Since?
It’s been nearly two years since the Education Opportunity Network, with the Opportunity to Learn campaign and the Campaign for America’s Future, published the Education Declaration to Rebuild America . As The Washington Post reported at the time, “The document offers a progressive approach to...
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Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 2:30pm
The Education Spring Goes To College
A nationwide rebellion to K-12 education policies that emerged in the spring of 2013 brought to the fore widespread grievances that students, parents, teachers, and citizens have with top down mandates that are ruining public schools. This Education Spring was fueled by unified concerns arising...
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Friday, March 13, 2015 - 9:15am
How We End The War Over Standardized Testing
Anyone who grew up in the 1960s, during the time of the Cold War , remembers our nation’s response to the threat of nuclear war by enforcing “duck and cover” drills in our schools. The drill would start with the shrill whistle blast over the PA speaker at the front of the classroom – once, twice,...
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 9:15am
Dumb And Dumber In The Republican House Education Bill
For sure, there is a lot for Democrats to dislike about the current version of No Child Left Behind federal education legislation steaming toward approval in the US House of Representatives. The bill, HR5 the Student Success Act , was written completely by Republicans, passed through committee...
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Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 12:30pm
Is This The End Of Education Austerity?
Don’t get too excited yet, but there are signs we may have finally turned a corner for the better in the war for public school financing. Recently, government officials and politicians – from the Beltway to the heartland – have declared allegiance to do what has been, up until now, the...
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Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 7:15am
Democrats Should Listen To What Senator Whitehouse Said About Education Policy
A curious thing happened this week on Capitol Hill: A politician said something about education that made sense. The “something” didn’t come from President Obama. In the president’s annual State of the Union address, “K-12 policy largely took a back seat”, Education Week’s Alyson Klein observed...
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Friday, January 16, 2015 - 1:30pm
Why The Test Debate Is About Politics, Not Education
Here’s how ridiculous the nation’s obsession with standardized testing has gotten: Last week Education Week reporter Catherine Gewertz came across a news item about a school in Florida that “forbid the flushing of toilets during testing … to cut down on the distraction .” (emphasis original) As she...
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