Well, we’ve finally learned just why the Common Core tests are so important!
The “breaking news” comes courtesy of Democrats for Education Reform, a front group for the corporate education reform industry who revealed the truth in a USA article today.
Funded by major Wall Street financiers and the education reform foundations, DFER lobbies for charter schools, the Common Core testing scheme, teacher evaluations based on scores and school vouchers. They are perhaps best known for their opposition of democratically elected boards of education. Instead they push for mayoral controlled schools.
One of DFER’s leading directors is Gotham Capital hedge fund’s John Petry who co-founded the Harlem Success Academy Charter School chain with Eva Moskowitz. Another is Anchorage Capital’s Tony Davis who is the Chair of Achievement First’s Brooklyn’s charter school.
DFER is also an important source of campaign funds for candidates loyal to the education reform agenda. A number of DFER players donated to Governor Dannel Malloy’s campaign slush fund and DFER even claims to have a chapter in Connecticut.
And today DFER stepped forward to speak out against the growing opt-out movement and explained the purpose of the Common Core testing program.
The DFER spokesperson said:
“Schools are one of the biggest differentiators of value in the suburbs,” she said. “How valuable will a house be in Scarsdale when it isn’t clear that Scarsdale schools are doing any better than the rest of Westchester or even the state? Opting out of tests only robs parents of that crucial data.”
So there you go… Whatever you do, don’t opt your students out of the Common Core SBAC tests because it you do, it will rob homeowners of the ability to find out which towns have good schools….
You can read the full USA Today story here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/04/16/parents-opt-out-standardized-tests/25896607/
If you’d like to read more about Democrats for Education Reform, here are some previous Wait, What? posts,