Shorter EdWeek article on "outside advocacy groups": as with Florida parents who pushed back on the "parent trigger" — real people don't want astroturfed "ed reform." Groups like Stand for Children or StudentsFirst, funded to privatize public education, have no authentic public constituency or support from real people, just support from corporate & right-wing funders.
New Advocacy Groups Shaking Up Education Field
The organizations' influence over policy and politics appears to be growing, especially at the state and local levels. …"I think they went through a period where they thought the power of their reforms and the evidence that these were superior would be sufficient to generate broad political suppor…