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Michelle Rhee Misreads “Shift Among Democrats” On Education

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By Jeff Bryant

October 11, 2012 – 10:44am ET

….Rhee: “Reformer” Or Lobbyist?

First, let’s be clear about Rhee’s role in this debate. Although Rhee heads an organization called Students First, most of what she actually does is to advocate for specific types of legislation, i.e. lobby. In Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and numerous state capitals, Students First has focused its considerable resources-including many hundreds of thousands in donations to candidates for public office-on passing laws and promoting politicians that advance policies which restrict teachers’ collective bargaining rights, tie their job security and pay to scores on students’ standardized tests, and allow more public taxpayer money to be redirected to privately run entities such as charter schools….

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Is there a discernible pattern here? This month, at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C071094 10/04/2012 MISSOURI SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Students First 825 K Street 2nd Floor Sacramento CA 95814 10/4/2012 $10,000.00

C091068 10/12/2012 HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE INC StudentsFirst 825 K Street 2nd Floor Sacramento CA 95814 10/12/2012 $15,000.00

C000656 10/16/2012 MO HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE StudentsFirst 825 K St. 2nd Fl. Sacramento CA 95814 10/15/2012 $7,500.00

C001135 10/22/2012 JAY NIXON FOR MISSOURI Students First 825 K Street 2nd Floor Sacramento CA 95814 10/20/2012 $10,000.00

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Nope, not first, right field.