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Posted by madfloridian in General Discussion
Mon Oct 03rd 2011, 08:58 PM
There is such deviousness in the school reform movement. The California Trigger Law, which is spreading to other states, is used by these organized parents to recruit parents to sign petitions to convert their public schools to charters. It only takes 51% to do it.

There is nothing grassroots about them.

From the Pasadena Sun:

Parent Revolution? Not really

About the author:

Shirlee Smith is an Altadena resident, parent and author of “They’re Your Kids, Not Your Friends.” She can be reached by email at . and online at .

Parent Revolution claims to call for increasing parental authority over public education. But as a longtime advocate of parents taking active roles in education both at home and at school, I find this organization’s message to be a fraudulent promissory note, asking parents to believe that — when their note is cashed with the parents’ signature — Julio and Jamal will learn to read.

....Parent Revolution? Not really. The organization was founded by a group of charter school operators led by Green Dot Public Schools, which already operates several schools in Los Angeles. Green Dot’s founder, Steve Barr, also served as chairman of Parent Revolution’s board of directors.

..."I next met up with the well-financed organization in Sacramento, where it shuttled a busload of wishful parents, wearing Parent Revolution T-shirts, to testify before the State Board of Education.

With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wasserman Foundation, the Eli and Edyth Broad Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation, Parent Revolution has more than enough dinero to keep up the rhetoric and the supporting antics. But that obscures real educational issues and keeps their followers from asking about the group’s real agenda, which unfortunately is all about charter schools, and not about Julio and Jamal or their sisters and brothers ever becoming educated.

How in the world can public school teachers with limited funding compete with groups like that?

Here is more about Green Dot leaders and the Parent Revolution. From Daily Censored 2009:

Just what is the Los Angeles Parents Union/Revolution?

The Los Angeles Parents Union, through its subsidiary the Parent Revolution, seeks to dismantle traditional Los Angeles public schools by getting parents to organize petition drives to have the schools ‘decertified’ or in the case of Locke High School and the hostile takeover by Green Dot, the mission was to organize disgruntled teachers. The Parent Revolution is funded at least in part by billionaire Eli Broad, however Service Employee International Union (SEIU) is also chipping in, making for another set of interesting bedfellows and a discouraging platform for the future of organized labor. Don’t forget about Bill Gates, he helps out when he can.

Ben Austin, who brought EMO Green Dot Public Schools in for the Los Angeles Locke High School “turnaround,” started the Parent Revolution. Austin , conveniently, is a city attorney for Los Angeles but he is also an executive employee of Green Dot, which raises grave issues of conflict of interest and obvious appearances of impropriety.

There's a good find at Schools Matter by a blogger there. In effect the Broad Foundation admits its donation to Parents Revolution is to form more charter schools.


However, the most important discovery made during this investigation was a sizable $50,000 contribution from the Eli and Edyth Broad Foundation to Parent Revolution on their 2009 990 Form. Corporate charter charlatan Ben Austin constantly states that his organization supports "parent empowerment" and is leading a "dynamic social movement" "committed to a kids-first agenda where parents have a real voice in their kids’ futures." Sounds very noble no? Well, in a rare lapse of candor, the Broad donation defines both the purpose of their contributions and Parent Revolution's raison d'être:

"To support efforts to help Charter Management Organizations apply for new LAUSD schools under LAUSD's School Choice Resolution"

This puts to lie all of Austin's bluster about a "kids-first agenda" and reminds us that school privatization and growing charter school market share is Parent Revolution's only agenda.

Just like the town hall riots funded by Freedom Works and Rick Scott, just like the Tea Party which is basically corporately funded as well.....the fraud of "grassroots" "astroturf" is carrying over to the school "reform."

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