Friday, November 3, 2017

Astroturf School Board Electioneering | janresseger

Astroturf School Board Electioneering | janresseger:
Astroturf School Board Electioneering

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In many communities across the United States, school board elections are a local, grassroots affair. In my own community, for example, we will elect three new members to the board of education. I have signs in my front yard for three of the four candidates who are running for office and I have modestly donated to one of the campaigns. My choice of candidates is based on considerable conversation with one of the candidates and a careful study of the priorities of each of the others. I spent three hours last week at a local candidates’ night listening to candidates for local offices including all of those running for school board. My choices are based on my grasp of the issues in our local schools and personal information I’ve been able to gather.
But in a growing number of mostly bigger cities, school board elections are being dominated by Astroturf campaigns that merely pretend to be run on a grassroots level. Outside money, frequently from out of state and pooled anonymously by dark money super PACs, is being heavily invested in advertising for particular local candidates chosen for their corporate-reform, pro-privatization ideological purity.
This November an Astroturf school board election is happening in Denver, Colorado, where Raising Colorado, a super PAC, is bundling money. Carol Burris and Darcie Cimarusti, writing for the Network for Public Education, expose a national fund raising network working hard to influence local school board elections.
Burris and Cimarusti report: “Raising Colorado is the name of a super PAC that spends money in Colorado elections. According to the Office of the Colorado Secretary of State, Raising Colorado is run by Jennifer Walmer from an office in Littleton, Colo. Its stated purpose is to support Colorado candidates who ‘advocate for high-quality public education’ through ‘uncoordinated, independent expenditures.’  The reality of Raising Colorado, however, is something far more complex. Walmer is not a lone activist collecting donations to support candidates who advocate for public schools. The real action happens at Raising Colorado’s true address: 32 Gold Street in Brooklyn, New York.  At that same address, in the same suite, you will find: Democrats for Education Reform-Arizona, Philadelphia 30 PAC, and Fairness for Colorado.”
Then there is ERNA: “In 2014, that same address housed a ‘charitable nonprofit’ called Education Reform Now Advocacy (ERNA), from which Wolmar received part of her salary. ERNA listed its 2015 address as 222 Broadway, 19th Floor in NYC, the same address as the New Astroturf School Board Electioneering | janresseger:
Please read this expose of Astroturf money flowing into school board elections.

Is Your Local School Board A Wholly Owned Broad/CCSA Board

Alameda County Board of Education 
  • Trustee Area 2 - Amber Childress
  • Trustee Area 3 - Ken Berrick
  • Trustee Area 5 - Fred Simms
  • Trustee Area 6 - Eileen McDonald 
Alum Rock Union Elementary School District
  • Karen Martinez
Antioch Unified School District
  • Alonzo Terry
  • Fernando Navarro
  • Crystal Sawyer-Wright
Calistoga Unified School District
  • Matt Reid
Capistrano Unified School District
  • Area 1 - Wendy Shrove
  • Area 2 - Jim Reardon
  • Area 3 -Laura Ferguson
  • Area 4 - Jake Vollegregt          
Centralia Elementary School District
  • Irv Tinkle
Chico Unified School District
  • Linda Hovey
  • Liz Griffin
Chino Valley Unified School District
  • James Na
Contra Costa County Board of Education
  • Fatima Alleye
  • Vikki Chavez
Coronado Unified School District
  • Julie Russell
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District
  • Tim Nonn
  • Chrissa Gillies
Desert Sands Unified School District
  • Cheryll Dahlin
Elk Grove Unified School District
  • Chris Baker
  • Marlon Hill
Encinitas Unified School District
  • Anne-Katherine Pingree
  • Leslie Schneider
Evergreen Unified School District
  • Tony Qin
Fontana Unified School District
  • Barbara Chavez
  • Lorena Corena
Fresno Unified School District
  • Elizabeth Jonasson
  • Carol Mills
  • Claudia Suarez
Irvine Unified School District
  • Mark Newgent
Live Oak School District
  • Mike Lelieur
Morgan Hill Unified School District
  • Rick Badillo
  • Thomas Arnett
Mount Baldy Joint School District
  • Ronald Thomas
Mount Diablo Unified School District
  • Herbert Lee
Napa Valley Unified School District
  • Susan Larson-Bouwer
Natomas Unified School District
  • Susan Heredia
  • Scott Dosick
  • Michah Grant
Nevada County Board of Education
  • Caleb Buckley
Oakland Unified School District
  • District 3 - Jumoke Hinton Hodge
  • District 5 - Huber Trenado / Michael Hassid
  • District 7 - James Harris
Orange Unified School District
  • Brenda Lebsack
  • John Ortega
Pajaro Valley Unified School District
  • Georgia Acosta
Panama-Buena Vista Union School District
  • John Lake
Palm Springs Unified School District
  • Kari Middleton
Paradise Unified School District
  • Donna Nichols
  • Roger Bylund
Placer County Board of Education
  • Dave Patterson
  • Kelly Gnile
Poway Unified School District
  • Debra Cooper
Redlands Unified School District
  • Enson Mason
Rincon Valley Unified School District
  • Mike Cook
Riverside County Board of Education
  • Trustee Area 4 - Bruce Dennis
  • Trustee Area 5 - Ray "Coach" Curtis
  • Trustee Area 7 - Barbara Hale
Roseville Joint Unified School District
  • Andrew Tagg
Rocklin Unified School District
  • Kathy Turner
Sacramento City Unified School District
  • Christina Prichett
  • Michael Minnick
  • Jessie Ryan
Sacramento County Board of Education 
  • Trustee Area 4 - Joanne Ahola
  • Trustee Area 5 - Al Brown
  • Trustee Area 6 - Heather Davis
  • Trustee Area 7 - Roy Grimes, Jr.
Santa Ana Unified School District
  • Cecilia Iglesias
  • Angie Cano
Santa Clara County Board of Education 
San Diego County Board of Education
San Diego Unified School District
  • District E - LaShae Collins
San Diego Unified School District
San Dieguita Unified High School District
  • Lucille Lynch
  • Randy Berholtz
San Francisco Unified School District
  • Phil Kim
  • Ian Kalin
San Jose Unified School District
San Juan Unified School District
  • Saul Hernandez
San Bernardino County Board of Education
  • Ben Rich
Solano County Board of Education
  • Amy Sharp
Stockton City Council
  • Jesus Andrade
Tustin Unified School District
  • Matthew Singer
Valley Unified School District
  • Marianne Kearny-Brown
Valverde School District
  • Alesia Fuller
Ventura Unified School District
  • Lou Cunningham
Vista Unified School District
  • Bud Balmer
Washington Unified School District
  • Alicia Cruz
West Contra Costa Unified School District
Does Your Board Look Like This: 

See Which Of Your Elected Officials Are On The Broad Payroll and Who Is Promoting Charter Schools And Privatization! 
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Monday, October 2, 2017

Jersey Jazzman: Education "Reform" Is a Right-Wing Movement

Jersey Jazzman: Education "Reform" Is a Right-Wing Movement:

Education "Reform" Is a Right-Wing Movement

One of the perils of "success" is that it opens you up to increased scrutiny. Just ask Eva Moskowitz, the founder of the "successful" Success Academies chain of charter schools. Her constant self-promotion was nothing less than an open invitation to the press and others to take a look at how her schools achieved their "success."

Sure enough, a hard look at SA reveals disturbing disciplinary practices, a highly questionable curriculum, huge resource advantages (gained by appealing to wealthy donors and by wage "free riding" on public district schools), a distinctly different student population compared to neighboring public district schools, and patterns of significant student cohort attrition.

In other words: the "success" of Success Academies is largely attributable to the chain's ability to game the system. There's just no evidence Moskowitz and her staff have found any innovative, let alone scalable, methods to improve schooling for urban students.

But more recent scrutiny of SA has revealed something else: Moskowitz's financial patrons are much more closely aligned with the far political right than the current "reform" narrative would like us to believe.

The problems for Moskowitz on this front started last August, when the chairman of SA's board, Dan Loeb, compared an African-American New York state senator to the KKK:
The hedge fund manager Daniel S. Loeb, a prominent supporter of charter schools and a major financial backer of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and congressional Republicans, accused the African-American woman who leads the Democrats in the New York State Senate of having done “more damage to people of color than anyone who has ever donned a hood.” [emphasis mine]
Somewhat lost in the outrage, however, was the fact that this wasn't Loeb's first time getting caught saying something offensive and stupid. As Chalkbeat notes:

This isn’t the first offensive comment he’s made. Far from it, in fact. Loeb is fast-fingered on Facebook and frequently uses derogatory language to lash out at people who have made him unhappy. Here are a few of the examples that have been reported previously:

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