Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The game is over for Illinois Democrats for Education Reform. | Fred Klonsky

The game is over for Illinois Democrats for Education Reform. | Fred Klonsky:

The game is over for Illinois Democrats for Education Reform


In December of 2014 Greg Hinz reported in Crain’s:
A group that hopes to counterbalance the financial weight of the Chicago Teachers Union in upcoming aldermanic races has received its first big campaign donation.
Democrats for Education Reform-Illinois on Dec. 4 reported receipt of a $100,000 check from a unit of its New York-based parent.The donation ends a dry spell for the group, which last spring had talked about pulling in up to $1 million to put donate to candidates for aldermen who agree with the group’s pro-reform, pro-charter school views.
Still, $100,000 buys something in Chicago, and if the group reaches the “mid-to-high six figures” that spokesman Owen Kilmer expects, it will have an impact.
Look for the group to make its first endorsements—and donations—in about a week.
“One of our goals is to make sure the CTU does not have a monopoly on the schools debate,” Kilmer says. “We already have a couple of races we’re looking at,” including contests in the 16th, 37th and 45th Wards, he notes.
Meanwhile, CTU has begun to make its endorsements, so it looks like the fight is on.
But on March 6th, DFER reported to the Illinois Board of elections that they are shutting down their PAC.
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As for their focus in the last election on defeating Tony Foulkes in the 16th The game is over for Illinois Democrats for Education Reform. | Fred Klonsky:
Karen Lewis: If Takiya, Kanari and Lavontay are to be more than just names on an endless list, then we will need to do much more. | Fred Klonsky - http://wp.me/p4C3g-jMf 

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