Amazing Story of the Day: Ohio Department of Education Hires StudentsFirst as “Neutral” Third Party

14 Sep

StudentsFirst, founded by Michelle Rhee, is not a neutral third party. It actively lobbies and advocates for charters, vouchers, and high-stakes testing in states across the nation.

Diane Ravitch's blog

From reader Chiara:

This is absolutely amazing. [Ed: read the story in the link]

The Ohio Department of Education has chosen a lobbying group. StudentsFirst, to direct efforts to “inform” parents on whether to turn over a bunch of public schools to private contractors under the Parent Trigger:

“Columbus Superintendent Dan Good said yesterday that the district is working to understand all the nuances of the law. On Tuesday, the school board is to hear a presentation by the Education Department and StudentsFirst, the group that the department chose to inform and organize parents”

Rules released by the department yesterday refer to StudentsFirst as a “neutral third party,” but Columbus Education Association President Tracey Johnson said the group is not neutral; it’s a school-reform lobbying organization.”

This is ridiculous. Our state Department of Education is completely captured by lobbyists.

They’re a joke. I resent paying these people. I think StudentsFirst…

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