Wednesday, October 19, 2016

OSPI Candidate Erin Jones’ list of donors is a who’s who of corporate ed reformers thanks to the Stand for Children lobbyist Jim Kainber | Seattle Education

OSPI Candidate Erin Jones’ list of donors is a who’s who of corporate ed reformers thanks to the Stand for Children lobbyist Jim Kainber | Seattle Education:

OSPI Candidate Erin Jones’ list of donors is a who’s who of corporate ed reformers thanks to the Stand for Children lobbyist Jim Kainber

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In March of this year, my co-editor Carolyn Leith and I interviewed the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Candidate Erin Jones. In preparation for the interview we noticed several of her donors were pro-charter school individuals and organizations who Ms. Jones referred to as her “friends” during the interview.
As I wrote in an introduction to the conversation we had with OSPI candidate Erin Jones:
Ms. Jones largest donors so far include Teach for America, Inc. (TFA), the League of Education Voters (LEV) and Stand for Children (SFC) but at the time of the interview, Ms. Jones said she was not aware of who her donors were.
During the interview we questioned her about her donors and after the interview, Carolyn and I sent Erin Jones information on LEV, SFC and other Gates’ backed groups assuming her to be naïve about the corporate reform movement. Apparently, Ms. Jones chose to either ignore the information or felt it was to her advantage to accept the money and therefore the influence of these individuals and groups.
Since the interview, Erin Jones has hired  SFC lobbyist Jim Kainber to assist her with generating  campaign donations.
To follow is what we have collected as of the date of this posting of money flowing into Erin Jones’ campaign from people and groups who are spending millions of dollars on privatizing the public school system of Washington State.
A big thank you goes out to people who have been working behind the scenes, gathering the information that is published in this post.
You can peruse her list of campaign donors here.
To follow is a breakdown of some of her contributors:
Stand for Children (SFC)
SFC contributed $168K for mailers for the Erin Jones for OSPI campaign.
And speaking of SFC, check out another contributor to SFC, Howard Behar.
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