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Marcus Bright
Dr. Marcus Bright is the Executive Director of Education for a Better America (EBA). EBA launched a series of nationwide initiatives designed to increase the pursuit of post-secondary education, increase civic engagement, prevent school dropouts, increase the pursuit of S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) careers among urban youth, and promote health and wellness across the United States. Additionally, he serves as an Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, and Lynn University. Bright received a Bachelor’s degree in Government and World Affairs from the University of Tampa, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida International University, and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University. Bright is a cable news commentator and has spoken across the country at universities, prisons, and other venues on a variety of topics related to civic engagement, education, and social justice.

Entries by Marcus Bright

The Relevance of 'Selma' Today

(4) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 12:46 PM

The movie Selma, which opens in theaters nationwide this weekend, provides a depiction of one of the most pivotal points in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The events that occurred in Selma, Alabama in the early part of 1965, particularly Bloody Sunday on March 7, led to the...

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It is Time for a New Great Society

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 11:33 AM

President Obama stated in the immediate aftermath of the non-indictment of the New York City police officer who administered the chokehold that killed Eric Garner that the decision "speaks to larger issues" related to the mistrust of law enforcement in minority communities. I contend that the larger issues...

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The Plight of Eric Garner and Undocumented Immigrants Highlight the Impact of Street-Level Bureaucrats

(2) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 1:24 PM

The impact of what Michael Lipsky termed as "street-level bureaucrats" has been highlighted in a significant way this summer. Street-level bureaucrats are those "lower level" officials that deliver public policy with every encounter that they make. They greatly shape how a policy is carried out in what they...

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Historic Opportunities Abound in the Quest to Improve Veterans Healthcare

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 6:10 PM

A number of recent activities indicate that there is a unique opportunity to substantially improve the provision of healthcare services to veterans through the Veterans Administration (VA) System. This improvement will only occur, however, if bold and innovative thinking and action is pursued. Simply throwing more money and resources at...

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NAN's Huddle Uses Positive Peer Pressure to Tackle Societal Issues

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 4:35 PM

This week saw the Obama administration make some major strides towards significantly improving the standard of living for the country at-large and for young people in particular. On Monday, the White House announced tens of millions of dollars in new private sector commitments and other organizational pledges for...

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White House Education Official David Johns Sparks the #TeachTheBabies Movement

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 6:24 PM

The importance of early childhood education is sometimes an afterthought in our discourse about the general topic of education in the United States. A lot of discussions center on access and success in the higher education realm, sometimes beginning with conversations about the K-12 pipeline. The national push for universal...

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Obama's Prerogative to Pump the Gas on Executive Action

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 10:58 AM

President Obama stated in his 2014 State of the Union address that "whenever and wherever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity; that is what I'm going to do." Congressional Republicans are unsurprisingly trying to put the brakes on the President's efforts. Shortly after President Obama...

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De Blasio Sets the Pace for Political Leadership on Education

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 12:37 PM

A newly elected politician can generally use his or her political capital on issues of their choice. A newly elected President Barack Obama spent much of his capital on passing the Stimulus Package (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) and Health Care Reform (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act)....

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The Window Is Open to Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform

(13) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 11:41 AM

The recent course of events surrounding the influx of undocumented children into the United States from Central America has set in motion the process of opening a policy window for substantial progress on immigration reform legislation. The dramatic humanitarian nature of children rushing to the U.S. border has catapulted the...

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The Critical Importance of Civil Rights Activism and Educational Collaboration

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 4:44 PM

The month of May marked the 51st consecutive month of private sector job growth in the United States. Despite this fact, Black Americans are still twice as likely to be unemployed when compared to their White counterparts and Hispanic Americans lag behind as well....

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Atlanta Mayor Unfairly Scapegoated in Snowstorm Aftermath

(11) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 6:47 PM

There is certainly plenty of blame to go around when it comes to the response of Atlanta metro area and state of Georgia public officials to the snowstorm that occurred last week. In the rush to blame someone in the immediate aftermath of the storm, a large portion of the...

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Why the Starving Out of Public Education Threatens Our Economic Future and What We Can Do About It

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 1:08 PM

The deliberate financial starvation of urban school districts across the country is a threat to the civil rights of some of our most vulnerable citizens and a potentially devastating blow to the economic future of the United States.

Over the past two years, we've seen Chicago...

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The Need for Out of the Box Solutions in Mental Health Treatment

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 7:47 PM

A recent Army Times piece explained that a mental health program aimed at reducing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will be expanded despite their own researchers finding no proven gains since 2009. This revelation is a vivid illustration of the need for out of the box solutions in mental...

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Education for a Better America Initiative Seeks to Bolster Philadelphia Students During School Funding Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 11:39 AM

The public education crisis in the city of Philadelphia is reaching a crescendo as the scheduled opening of the 2013-2014 school year on September 9 nears. Due to the school district's 304 million dollar deficit, the School Reform Commission in Pennsylvania voted in March to close 23 schools...

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The Poor Deemed as Insignificant in the Florida Health Care Reform Implementation War

(4) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 4:08 PM

There is an old African proverb that says, "When the elephants are at war, it is the grass that suffers." Unfortunately, politics have trumped people and posturing has overtaken progress as it pertains to many critical issues facing the nation. The result has been that much of the citizenry has...

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Arne Duncan Headlines Launch of New UNCF Better Futures Campaign

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 2:56 PM

United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at length on Friday, June 14 about the need to break down the financial barriers to college. Duncan praised the United Negro College Fund's (UNCF) history of helping students of color to finance their higher education and asserted that now is the...

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Miami Community Leaders to Gather to Formulate a Strategic Plan to Address Gun Violence

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 12:36 PM

The life of Aaron Willis was forever changed on the night of December 19, 2012. The ninth grader at Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, Florida was shot while riding his bike in the Wynwood section of the city when shots rang out. One of the bullets...

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Low-Income and Minority Students Needed in STEM Pipeline

(7) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 12:40 PM

The front page of Sunday's New York Times featured a story entitled "Better Colleges Fail to Lure Talented Poor: Qualified But Unaware." The article centered on a new analysis by Caroline Hoxby of Stanford and Christine Avery of Harvard that found that the majority of low-income...

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Major Leaders and Students to Converge at FIU for Education for a Better America Initiative

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 1:50 PM

United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan forcefully reiterated President Obama's challenge for the U.S. to lead the World in college graduation rates by 2020 at a Martin Luther King Day Luncheon in Washington D.C. hosted by Education for a Better America (EBA) and the National...

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Sharpton and Walcott to Tackle Health Disparities in New York City

(3) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 10:50 AM

The health disparities in New York State are staggering according to the 2012 New York State Minority Health Surveillance Report. Hispanics in New York State had the highest percentage of poor or fair health when compared with other ethnic groups. African-Americans had the highest rates of prostate cancer...

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