Though there are real grassroots activists in Stand for Children's background, by now it is controlled by more of the same—Wall Street money, Walmart Walton money, and other billionaire supporters of bringing private profit into public education. Stand leaves behind it a trail of disillusioned former members. In Massachusetts, a group of 29 former Stand for Children activists write that:
Stand was one group of many at the table when the new Massachusetts educator evaluation system was hammered out over several months last spring. Unions, principals, state officials, parents—all contributed. But when the new regulations were finally announced, one group walked away—Stand for Children.Instead, the Stand for Children plan eliminates job protections for teachers, pushes them to teach to the standardized test, and makes it dangerous for them to stand up for their students to administrators and bureaucrats.
Immediately, Stand filed for a ballot initiative and used some of their new corporate money to hire people to collect the signatures. It cost them $3 a signature, but they have plenty more. They are following the master plan revealed in Colorado by their national CEO, Jonah Edelman, a month before it was announced Massachusetts.
The proposed ballot measure attempts to blow up the collaborative work that created the new regulations last spring. It does nothing to improve teaching in our schools.