Who is Douglas County Education Alliance?

Douglas County Education Alliance…what a folksy, yet important sounding name.  But don’t get it confused with the other gazillion “down-home” groups that support the regime (aka Board of Education) and the Superintendent.  This NEW group is coming out in full force and hitting all media outlets!

Perhaps you’ve received robo-calls?  Maybe you’ve seen their weird ad on TV? Or Seen this ad on Facebook?

They spend big buck for advertising.  Right along with "Weird Christopher Walken" (yes, I'm still laughing!)

They spend big buck for advertising. Right along with “Weird Christopher Walken”
(yes, I’m still laughing!)

You may think that it is just another local group that is singing the tired (oh, soooo tired) tune about the evils of unions and especially the local teachers union. The robo-call from Randy Reed, a Castle Rock resident and former Mayor was a nice hometown touch. (Yes, he is the registered name on the Colorado Secretary of State paperwork…you can look that up.)

But wait…it’s coming from a paid political consulting group from Arizona, headed up by someone friendly with those pesky Koch brothers.

The domain “StudentsNotUnions.com” is registered to:

DC London
2198 E camelback Rd suite 325
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
United States

(they now have the domain info locked down in private registration, but a friend of mine was too quick for them!  I love my friends!)

This is the domain registration on April 8th. Then suddenly, the domain info got locked down in a private registration.

DC London…sounds so mysterious and international, but lo-and-behold, it’s in Arizona, and just one Google search away:

DC – London Website

And, just a couple more clicks away, we learn about the owner of DC-London, Sean Noble:

(feel free to do your own Google Search…there is more out there!)

Also, while you are investigating, try to figure out why this guy “likes”  our school district?

Things that make you go "hmmmm..."

Things that make you go “hmmmm…”

Now…time to figure out who is funding this group.  Any guesses?

Fagen Promoting Privatization?

Look…Fagen is available for speaking engagements through the Friedman Foundation:

READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Liz Fagen - promoter of privatization?

Liz Fagen – promoter of privatization?


Feel free to peruse that site to see what The Friedman Foundation is all about, but here are a couple highlights:

Public Schools: Make them Private


Selling Schools Like Groceries

But wait, there’s more…:

Sourcewatch – a link between Friedman and ALEC

Similar to Michelle Rhee-ism

From the National Education Policy Center

I’m sure you can find even more tidbits about the Friedman Foundation, but make no mistake, the organization is all about privatizing public schools. Ask yourself one question: Why is the Superintendent of a PUBLIC School district speaking on their behalf?


Related: Section of Fagen’s (2011/12) contract regarding speaking engagements.

Propaganda…in a school district?

propaganda

Tonight I received a very lengthy email from my BFF, Dr. Liz. The first little bit made me angry enough that I feel I need to address it now. The rest of her dissertation will be explored at another time…when I can stomach it. So, about the first part:

Dear DCSD Families:

I hope you are enjoying a great school year. I would like to update you on a couple of important topics. These include an education campaign, Dr. Tony Wagner’s visit to the District this week, and positve budget news.

Privately Funded DCSD Education Campaign
First, I wanted to let you know that over the coming weeks you are going to see positive commercials and potentially other materials regarding the District. A few months ago, the District/Board of Education (BOE) received a grant from The Daniels Fund to fund an education campaign about all of the great things happening in DCSD. This aligns to one of the primary goals of my teacher advisory group. They are passionate about the need to better inform the community about the great work happening in our District. As a result, they are working on a few projects of their own to celebrate greatness in our District. Our schools are excited by the synergy being created around this goal. Again, these positive commercials about the District are being funded by private donations, not the District or taxpayer dollars.

 
 

Okay…here are my issues briefly:

• The money for the campaign came from the Daniels Fund. Hmmm, let’s see…. where does the Daniels Fund send its money?

  • Hundreds of thousands (yes, hundreds of thousands!) of dollars to DCSD to defend the illegal voucher program.
  • The Employment Policies Institute run by Berman & Co received $342,725 for “a K-12 Education Campaign”
  • The Independence Institute (for their Ed Policy Center) got $50,000
  • Colorado Succeeds (for “Grading Schools A-F”): $450,000
  • They provided $500,000 total general operating expenses to six charters and $325,000 expansion money to 2 charters.
  •  Teach for America (the ones that train teachers in a 3-week crash course) got $500,000
  • And a whopping $1,382,500 for the Stand for Children Leadership Center for their Public Education Campaign
  • Oh, and lookie there, they gave $45,000 for the “Waiting for Superman – DVD Phase.”

• Why does the ad  look like a toothpaste commercial.  All that happy, smiling, happiness from Fagen…so much smiling, it’s kinda creepy.  But I digress….

• Why does DCSD need an ad campaign in the first place? Since when does a school district need to advertise? Here’s a better term: propaganda.

More later….