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Jeff Bryant

AlterNet

Chapel Hill, NC, United States

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Past:
  • AlterNet
  • Salon.com
  • OurFuture
  • Raw Story
  • Progressive Magazine
  • BillMoyers.com
  • Newsday

Past articles by Jeff:

How Betsy DeVos and the charter school movement are exploiting the pandemic to advance their agendas

COVID-19 has shuttered public schools across the nation, state governments are threatening to slash education budgets due to the economic collapse caused by the outbreak, and emergency aid provided by the federal government is far short of what is needed, according to a broad coalition of education → Read More

Homeschoolers want you to believe the pandemic has a silver lining — they’re wrong

While the public experiences a health calamity, the homeschooling movement sees a big opportunity → Read More

The homeschooling movement sees the pandemic as big opportunity — but they’re wrong – A

In the early days of the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S., when the number of known cases was barely cresting 1,000, advocates for homeschooling were greeting news of the outbreak as an opportunity to promote their cause. “While the virus has caused illness and hardship for many, keeping chi → Read More

How corporations are forcing their way into America’s public schools

A story unfolding in Virginia reveals how big corporations want to control schools right down to the curriculum. → Read More

‘We’re being hijacked’: How corporations are forcing their way into America’s public schools – A

In the expanding effort to privatize the nation’s public education system, an ominous, less-understood strain of the movement is the corporate influence in Career and Technical Education (CTE) that is shaping the K-12 curriculum in local communities. An apt case study of the growing corporate inf → Read More

Have Democrats Changed Course On Charters?

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bennet wants you to know how much he cares—really cares—about education. Speaking at the Public Education Forum 2020… → Read More

Why the federal government’s billion-dollar charter school program is a complete disaster

Earlier this year when members of Congress repeatedly confronted U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos about a study finding the federal government’s charter school grant program had wasted an estimated $1 billion on schools that had never opened or opened and quickly closed, she dismissed the findings and accused the report authors of having a “political agenda against charter schools.” On… → Read More

The U.S. government’s billion-dollar charter school boondoggle was an even bigger disaster than we knew

Earlier this year when members of Congress repeatedly confronted U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos about a study finding the federal government’s charter school grant program had wasted an estimated $1 billion on schools that had never opened or opened and quickly closed, she dismissed the fin → Read More

Why striking teachers across America are fighting for much more than their paychecks

Oakland teachers are still fighting off charter schools and changing the narrative of public education → Read More

How billionaire charter school funders corrupted the school leadership pipeline

Charter school funders have turned school leadership into a cartel system focused on enriching businesses → Read More

The teacher movement against charter schools helped send Puerto Rico’s governor packing

Puerto Rico’s teachers fought off charter school corruption and helped oust a governor → Read More

Why won’t the charter school industry acknowledge its failures?

Nationwide, the litany of charter school outrages continues to grow. Why won't the industry reform? → Read More

Many Public Schools Have Nowhere To Go But Up

Former Vice President and current presidential hopeful Joe Biden recently caught a lot of flak for saying if President Trump were to be booted out of office, politics would go back to being sane again. → Read More

Pennsylvania Charter Schools Are A Train Wreck

Charter schools have finally broken into the national political dialogue, with presidential candidates in the Democratic Party proclaiming their stances on… → Read More

Epic Fail Of Charter Schools In New Orleans

When Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama, said Hurricane Katrina was the “best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans,” he was no doubt… → Read More

How charter school proponents alienated many Democrats who once backed their cause – A

The politics of charter schools have changed, and bipartisan support for these publicly funded, privately controlled schools has reached a turning point. A sure sign of the change came from Democrats in the House Appropriations Committee who have proposed a deep cut in federal charter school grants → Read More

Progressives take a bold stance at an epicenter of the charter school movement for public education

Unifying this diverse coalition was an uncompromising political argument about what makes public schools public → Read More

‘Privatization is going to kill this city’: How progressives are fighting the plot to gut public education – A

When President Trump appointed Betsy DeVos to be U.S. Secretary of Education and made charter schools, vouchers, and other forms of “school choice” practically the sole emphasis for his K-12 education policy—other than slashing funding and programs for public schools—he brought national attention to → Read More

Things didn’t go well when Betsy DeVos was confronted with her department’s charter school fraud

During a series of recent congressional hearings, DeVos had to respond to recent report findings → Read More

Things didn’t go well when Betsy DeVos was confronted with her department’s charter school fraud

During a series of recent congressional hearings in Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos had to respond to a recent report finding the U.S. Department of Education has been scammed for hundreds of millions of dollars by fraudulent or mismanaged charter schools. Her responses reveal not only her inability to counter legitimate concerns over the spread of charter schools but… → Read More