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New Mexico: Cody Reports on Effort to Intimidate Parent Activists

September 26, 2014

More on the intimidation of a NM school board member who spoke out against “reform”.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Anthony Cody writes here about a new low in efforts to silence parents who oppose corporate reform.

Kathy Korte is a member of the Albuquerque school board who is active in an organization called Stand4KidsNM. This group has a Facebook page and a Twitter account. It opposes high-stakes testing and supports public schools. The group held a demonstration and invited political candidates from all parties. Only the Democrats showed.

A state legislator then filed a formal complaint with ten state attorney general, claiming that the group had violated state law and demanding that Stand4KidsNM register as a PAC.

But that wasn’t all.

As Cody writes, “But this is not the only effort to silence Korte. A nationally known GOP “opposition researcher” by the name of Tim Killeen put in a request in August for disclosure of “any and all emails and letters sent to APS board member Kathy Korte that…

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