The Koch brothers and others on the far right are investing in local school board races this fall as a way to promote privatization and other aspects of corporatized school reform.
Here Stephanie Simon, for PolitioPro, reports on the investment of Americans for Prosperity this fall in the local school board race in Douglas County, Colorado and other local school board elections. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush and other conservatives are joining the Koch brothers to try to influence the Douglas County school board race.
Last weekend in Fort Wayne, Indiana, I observed the importance of strong local democratic school board leadership as the president of the local school board confronted those in state government who had pushed an “A through F” school ranking system through the legislature. The Fort Wayne local school board has chosen to boycott the “A through F” rating system because, as the school board president explained, the state is branding and stigmatizing the poorest public schools instead of investing in improving them.