Learn more about who is behind the pro-charter school agenda
California’s privately-managed for-profit charter schools are championed by a group of billionaires who want private corporations to be able to profit from public education. Their agenda is simple:
- Divert money out of California’s neighborhood public schools to fund privately-managed charter schools, without accountability or transparency to parents and taxpayers.
- Cherry-pick the students who get to attend these corporate charter schools – weeding out and turning down students with special needs.
- Spend millions trying to influence your local legislative and school board elections across California to further their agenda.
From 2016 through 2018, these billionaires poured money into nine political action and independent expenditure committees: EdVoice Independent Expenditure Committee, California Charter Schools Association Advocates IE Committee, ‘Families and Teachers United’ (which is controlled by the California Charter Schools Association), Parents and Teachers for Student Success (which is controlled by Students First), Govern for California Action Committee, LA Students for Change, Students for Education Reform (SFER) Action Network, Californians for More Affordable Homes and Quality Public Schools (which is controlled by EdVoice), Families & Teachers for Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor 2018 (which is controlled by California Charter Schools Association Advocates), and Parents and Teachers supporting Marshall Tuck for Superintendent of Public Instruction (which is controlled by EdVoice), Parents, Teachers & Neighbors Working Together supporting Marshall Tuck for Superintendent (which is controlled by Edvoice), Education Reform Now Advocacy for Tuck for Superintendent of Public Instruction, Californians for More Affordable Homes and Quality Public Schools (which is controlled by Edvoice), and Coalition for East Bay Health Care Access, Affordable Housing and Quality Public Schools (which is controlled by Edvoice). So far they have spent almost $100 million to influence at least 2 statewide races, 25 races for the State Legislature, 33 races for school board, and other local races across California.
This network of billionaire donors mirrors the dark-money networks used by the Koch Brothers. In fact, many of the same donors were directly implicated in an illegal dark money scheme in 2012. Here is a look at who they are: