Friday, March 9, 2012

RheeFirst! » Rhee’s StudentsFirst pretends to be grassroots, but $1 million of Walton money for paid lobbyists says otherwise

RheeFirst! » Rhee’s StudentsFirst pretends to be grassroots, but $1 million of Walton money for paid lobbyists says otherwise:


Rhee’s StudentsFirst pretends to be grassroots, but $1 million of Walton money for paid lobbyists says otherwise

Written by Laura Clawson for The Daily Kos.  Read the entire article here.
The fact that StudentsFirst is funded in million-dollar increments by billionaires, though, doesn’t stop it from making two broad, laughable claims in a document (PDF) distributed when representatives of the organization spoke at a meeting (PDF) of North Carolina’s Republican-controlled House Committee on Education Reform. The document highlights StudentsFirst’s work expanding charter schools and the use of discredited “reforms” such as merit pay in Republican-controlled states such as Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee, and claims that “how we did it” was through grassroots action… StudentsFirst uses a 

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