Edwatch: Stand for Children
|Organization Name:||Stand for Children|
|Company Line:||Stand for Children is an innovative, grassroots child advocacy organization. Our mission is to use the power of grassroots action to help all children get the excellent public education and strong support they need to thrive. Our members believe we need to stand up for our children now - particularly for their education from pre-school through high school - to create a better future for America.|
|Bottom Line:||Promotes itself as a grassroots organization but receives substantial funding from rich venture philanthropists who rather deceptively recruit ordinary citizens to advocate for corporate education and the deregulation of the teaching profession.|
|Major Donors:||Pritzker Foundation, Tower Family Fund, Stuart Foundation, Reuben And Mindy Munge , Hyde Family Foundations, Communities For Public Education Reform, Arizona Community Foundation, Rauner Family Foundation, Jenesis Group, Helios Education Foundation, Daniels' Fund, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Meyer Memorial Trust, The Walton Family Foundation, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Carnegie Corporation Of New York , Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation|
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What does Stand do? Their main focus is on pushing state legislation to support their goals of privatization and union busting. In their first year in Illinois, they raised $3 million to donate to select state candidates and hire 11 lobbyists to push Senate Bill 7 which allowed the Chicago Public Schools to have the final word on any teacher issue where the union disagreed.
Worth a listen. The education reform group Stand for Children, credited with helping to win major education reform legislation in Springfield last year, endorsed 14 “education champions”—six Democrats and eight Republicans— in legislative races across Illinois. All of them won Tuesday.
It's no secret that ALEC, American Legislative Exchange Council, has an education agenda. The templates for policy can be accessed at ALEC EXPOSED. However, transforming a template to policy doesn't happen instantaneously. How does the ideology translate into law? Could it be with a little help from Stand for Children and Teach for America?
Jonah Edelman, its founder and the son of children’s advocate Marian Wright Edelman, has raised millions of dollars in funds from the Gates and Walton Foundations, as well as many top business executives, and now pursues policies central to the corporate education agenda, including support of charter school expansion, the evaluation of teachers based on test scores and the elimination of their seniority protections. During his remarks, Edelman boasted that his organization and other well-funded allies will be able to replicate this success in states throughout the country.
For Stand’s Portland chapter, where the organization is headquartered and one of the few places where it has a significant history of grassroots activism, the changes in Stand’s role have clearly been traumatic for parents and community members who had a very different image of the organization. This is clearly not a local phenomenon. As Stand has expanded, it has followed a similar pattern: In state after state, Stand has made the corporate-driven agenda of expanding charter schools and tying teacher pay and evaluations to student test scores their top priority.
David Sirota writes about his wife's candidacy for Denver school board. Emily had thought a “big” contribution meant a few friends joining up to scrape together $500. But, in the last few weeks, news broke that oil CEOs and financial executives were cutting $10,000 and $25,000 checks to her opponent. We found out that notorious front groups like Stand for Children were funneling in tens of thousands of dollars of out-of-state financial industry cash, and we started hearing about serious threats of retribution from big-time professional politicians.
Interesting to note the increase in the number of anonymous donations in the 2010 Annual report published after Jonah Edelman's notorious rant, indicating perhaps that big spending "reformers" still want to support the privatization of our public schools, they just don't want the public to know it.
In short order, Stand for Children tapped into a network of the city's rich and powerful — including billionaires with names like Pritzker, Crown and Zell — to raise millions of dollars. The stockpile of money is geared toward influencing elections and paying an all-star lineup of lobbyists across the political spectrum to prod lawmakers to act on issues that previously failed or were thought to be undoable.
At first glance it seems like a legitimate site with actual facts and statistics to support the claims education reformers use to discredit schools and teachers. But it won't take you more than a few seconds to realize that this is a priceless parody of Jonah Edelman's nonprofit Stand for Children. Smile through your outrage.