The bill has been promoted by Students First PAC, founded in March 2010, which contributed millions to campaigns and is spearheading the promotion of the bill. Students First PAC is an affiliate of one of the many pro-voucher entities founded by Betsy DeVos, whose Michigan family has been one of the top contributors to the Republican party.
This is a Koch-style sneak attack on America’s public schools. In state after state, DeVos and her organizations have spent millions of dollars to create the impression that there is a sudden surge of grass roots and bipartisan support for voucher schemes, and to market these schemes as the only hope for urban students.
The strategy and talking points are developed by a network of institutes, funded by Scaife Koch, DeVos, and other family foundations. These are the same right-wing think tanks that developed the talking points behind the war on public sector unions, and their leaders openly advocate the eradication of all forms of public education. The mega-donors who contributed to Anthony Williams gubernatorial campaign in the 2010 election though pro-voucher PACs, contribute to these right-wing think tanks and organizations and serve on their boards. A new report by Rachel Tabachnick, a presenter at the PA Progressive Summit 2011, pulls back the curtain on the anti-public education, anti-union activists behind SB-1 and school voucher programs in other states.
This research report was written by Rachel Tabachnick. Rachel is a member and strong supporter of Keystone Progress.