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Jon Pelto: Another Disguised Corporate Reform Group Pops Up in Connecticut

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Jonathan Pelto writes that Connecticut has acquired yet another corporate reform group, disguised an nonpartisan and independent.


Pelto writes:


Like some type of gigantic octopus the pro-charter school, pro-common core, pro-SBAC Testing scheme and anti-teacher corporate education reform industry has set up multiple front groups, while dumping more than $7.9 million dollars into their lobbying effort on behalf of Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s “education reform” initiatives.


By now you’d think these hedge-fund managers and corporate executives would have created enough different groups in their effort to create the impression that they are more than they seem.


But that’s just not the way it works…


Connecticut’s education policy arena is being honored with the presence of yet another “reform” front group.


And as with their earlier pronouncements, the charter school and education reform industry is claiming that their latest front group is an “independent source of accurate data and information that transcends special interests.”


The newest corporate funded education reform group to invade Connecticut’s education policy debate is called the Connecticut School Finance Project and according to its PR:


“Founded in 2015, the nonprofit Connecticut School Finance Project strives to be a trusted, nonpartisan, and independent source of accurate data and information that transcends special interests.”




Transcends special interests?


File under this one under – There is truly no lie that is too big for the charter school industry and its corporate education reform associates.


What makes Pelto so sure that this is just another corporate reform front group?


Well, it may be because the Chief Operating Officer of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, one of the state’s leading advocates for Governor Malloy’s anti-teacher, anti-public school agenda, is the new Director and Founder of the Connecticut School Finance Project.


Don’t be fooled, Pelto warns. The corporate reform industry has a galaxy of organizations with misleading names, but no popular support for their agenda.

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