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PAY ATTENTION MASSACHUSETTS! Dark Money Funding School Board Races in Smaller Districts

November 2, 2017

In earlier blog posts I’ve written about the money spent by “reformers” on urban elections and referenda, and many of these elections (i.e. Los Angeles, Chicago) and referenda (i.e. Massachusetts and California) garnered national attention. But Maurice Cunningham’s recent WGBH blog post Diane Ravitch linked to in one of her posts yesterday has chilling news for small towns across Massachusetts: the groups that underwrote their failed initiative to expand the number of charter schools is still in place and it is making donations to smaller districts. Having worked in a NY district where the community was divided over the role of unions and the “overpayment” of teachers compared to the general populous, I can only imagine that this will lead to more and more divisiveness at the board level and, consequently, less and less of a focus on the kinds of policies that affect children in schools. When the Malden Ward 3 school board race and the Framingham Town meeting delegate race are attracting thousands of dollars in donations, there is no way democracy or free speech is being served. Privatization, though, just might be benefiting.

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