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School Closures: A Blunt Instrument

This article appears in the Spring 2016 issue of The American Prospect Magazine. In 2013, citing a $1.4 billion deficit, Philadelphia’s state-run school commission voted to close 23 schools—nearly 10 percent of the city’s stock. The decision came after a three-hour meeting at district headquarters, [...]

Don’t Blame Bernie; Most People Don’t Get Charter Schools

By Jeff Bryant | Originally Published at Campaign For America's Future. March 17, 2016 | Photographic credit; Bernie Sanders participates in the Populism 2015 Conference in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty) When Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders fielded a question about charter schools at a Democratic Party presidential [...]

An Open Letter to Our Next Governor

By Anitra Brown | Originally Published at The New Orleans Tribune. December 15, 2015 Dear Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards: On the off-chance that you were unaware, we just thought you should know that the pro-education reform forces are gearing up to influence your decisions as it relates [...]

Why Every Student Will NOT Succeed With the New Education Law

By Kevin Kumashiro | Originally Published at The Progressive. December 14, 2015 | Photographic Credit; Classroom education Photo by woodleywonderworks Last week, after a seven-year delay, Congress overwhelmingly voted, and the president signed, to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, dubbed No Child Left Behind in [...]

Go Ahead, Pass Every Student Succeeds Act, But Don’t Celebrate It

By Jeff Bryant | Originally Published at Education Opportunity Network. December 2, 2015 3:35 PM | In the era of "School Choice" do we ever wonder what might have been if Thomas Jefferson had been successful in placing open-enrollment, free public education in the United States Constitution? [...]

Where Will John King Stand On Student Suspensions?

By Jeff Bryant | Originally Published at Education Opportunity Network. October 15, 2015 3:16 PM | Photographic CreditSenior Education Department official, John King Jr., left, accompanied by President Barack Obama, speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, October 2. (AP Photo/Andrew [...]

The Ugly Charter School Scandal Arne Duncan Is Leaving Behind

By Jeff Bryant | Originally Published at Education Opportunity Network.. October 7, 2015 | Photographic Credit; U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan listens during an assembly at North Star Academy. In a bid to reform the nation's urban schools, Duncan has been visiting charter schools nationwide to [...]

Dyett Hunger Strikers Are Fed By an Educational Vision

The words of James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing” echoed down Drexel Ave on Chicago’s South Side the mild summer evening of September 8, 2015. Down the street from the Chicago home of President Obama, the Dyett hunger strikers and their supporters, holding [...]

Court’s Ruling Charter Schools Aren’t “Public” Is No Surprise

By Jeff Bryant | Originally Published at Education Opportunity Network. September 10, 2015 at 2:59 PM | Photographic Credit; A July 13 photo shows preparation under way at the Destiny Charter Middle School in Tacoma, Wash., for the school’s fall opening. (Associated Press) The recent ruling by [...]