“Education policy has long featured two players—the government and teachers unions,” writes Rachel Brown in The Atlantic. Now Education Upstarts have “stepped up to lobby legislators and drive the conversation.” Among them:
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Stand for Children
Who: Co-founder and CEO Jonah Edelman is the son of the civil-rights leader Marian Wright Edelman.
What: The most grassroots of these groups. Leads efforts to lobby state governments for reforms such as value-added teacher evaluations and more-equitable school funding.
Democrats for Education Reform
Who: Bankers, CEOs, and other wealthy Democrats. Adviser Cory Booker lends liberal star power.
What: Offers political cover to Democratic politicians who alienate teachers unions by supporting education reforms such as mayoral control of schools and national curriculum standards. Has helped loosen the unions’ grip on the party.
Michelle Rhee’s Students First ”has yet to establish itself as a major player on the policy front,” despite Rhee’s high profile, writes Brown.b