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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 [...]

Media Misses the Mark—Vote Theft at Core of Flint’s Problems

For Immediate Release Friday, February 12, 2016 - 1:15 PM DETROIT, Michigan - Three significant mainstream media outlets recently published editorials that acknowledge that emergency managers appointed by Governor Snyder clearly made the ill-fated decisions that resulted in the poisoning of Flint’s water supply [...]

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 [...]

Who Keeps Billions of Taxpayer Dollars Flowing to For-Profit Colleges? These Guys

For-profit universities have had another rough year, with big players facing federal scrutiny for everything from predatory loans to outright fraud. Now attention is turning to the schools' accreditors. Accreditors are supposed to make sure that schools provide students with a quality education. They are [...]

Why White Parents Won’t Choose Black Schools

By Abby Norman | Originally Published at Huffington Post. October 15, 2015 8:55 AM EDT Updated: October 22, 2015 3:59 PM EDT | Photographic Credit; Six Black students attempted to enter North Little Rock High School, part of a segregated district in September 9, 1957. Decades later, [...]

New Report: Federal Funds For Charter Schools Go Into A ‘Black Hole’

By Jeff Bryant | Originally Published at Education Opportunity Network. October 21, 2015 at 8:47 PM | U.S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan speaks during a White House Hispanic Community Action Summit at Fox Tech High School in San Antonio. (Lisa Krantz / San Antonio Express-News) America’s [...]

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 [...]