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, January 15, 2016 - 10:00am
How Much Do We Hate Our Children?
When President Barack Obama recently made an impassioned plea to do something about the proliferation of gun violence in America, he drew upon the images of elementary school children gunned down in Newtown, Connecticut to engage our emotions. “First graders,” he exclaimed, with tears coursing down...
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Friday, December 18, 2015 - 8:45am
The Important Education Issue Leaders Are Still Ignoring
One of the more telling combinations of news stories from the past week found education policy insiders in Washington, DC rejoicing over the passage of a new law rewriting federal education policy while at the same time a new report revealed how political leadership is continuing to fail America’...
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Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 12:15pm
New Report Shines A Light Into The Charter School Black Box
Charter schools are now the most rapidly growing form of schools in the nation’s education system, but surveys show Americans generally don’t understand what charters are even if they tend to favor them. Are these schools public? Are they private? Who really runs these schools, and how do they take...
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Friday, November 13, 2015 - 8:15am
The Big Education Fight In The Democratic Party
The “big economic fight” in the Democratic Party that news outlets are reporting isn’t confined to economics. The link above takes you to a story in the Washington Post explaining how a “populist wing” in the Democratic Party is rebelling against the conventional wisdom of “centrist” Democrats who...
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Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 10:00am
The Ugly Charter School Scandal Arne Duncan Is Leaving Behind
US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s surprise announcement to leave his position in December is making headlines and driving lots of commentary, but an important story lost in the media clutter happened three days before he gave notice. On that day, Duncan rattled the education policy world with...
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Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 9:00am
Seattle Teachers’ Strike A Win For Social Justice
Teachers unions are routinely vilified by pundits and politicians on the right and left these days. So when schoolteachers in Seattle began the school year by going on strike, the editorial board of The Seattle Times was quick to accuse the teachers of “demanding too much.” The editors called the...
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Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 12:45pm
Court’s Ruling Charter Schools Aren’t “Public” Is No Surprise
The recent ruling by the supreme court of Washington state that charter schools are unconstitutional because they aren’t really public schools has sent advocates for these schools into a fit. But their often over-the-top criticisms of the decision are reflective of what is most often misunderstood...
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Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 12:45pm
Why the Fight for Dyett High School Is a Fight for Democracy
Jitu Brown is a mountain of a man, tall and broad shouldered – the kind of person whose presence you notice when he walks into a room and whose deep, resonate voice commands your attention. When you shake his hand, you can’t help notice your palm completely disappears in his all-encompassing grip...
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Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 11:30am
People Don’t Like Current Education Policies, So Why Do Policy Leaders?
The big annual poll on how Americans view public schools and education policy is out, and people who are eager to don the mantle of “education reform” might want to rethink their wardrobe. As education journalist Valerie Strauss reports the news from her blog at The Washington Post, “The 47th...
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Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 9:00am
John Kasich Doesn’t Belong Anywhere Near the U.S. Department Of Education
Some Very Serious People have decided Governor John Kasich of Ohio is the latest personality to emerge from the field of presidential candidates in the Republican Party as a genuine bona fide consideration. According to a round up of political pundits and campaign strategists compiled by Politico...
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