Change.org Drops Michelle Rhee Group Under Pressure From Progressives?

~ The Rebel ~ 2012/06/22 21:03:57
In a surprising reversal, Change.org, the progressive online powerhouse that channels grassroots energy into petition-based activism, has dropped two anti-union clients, including Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst, according to multiple sources familiar with the decision.

The move comes after intense pressure from the labor movement and other progressive allies, who accused the for-profit company of betraying its liberal roots by partnering with Rhee, the former head of Washington, D.C., public schools, and the similarly aligned group Stand for Children headed by education advocate Jonah Edelman. The ouster of StudentsFirst and Stand for Children was confirmed by a Change.org spokesman.

Leaders of Rhee's group were outraged.

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  • ProudProgressive 2012/06/22 21:19:31
    Good. Rhee is a union buster with a history of falsifying test score data and supports the nonsensical voucher programs by which the Republicans have been trying to destroy the American education system for years. The kind of "change" that Rhee advocates is not in the best interests of the American people.
  • ~ The R... ProudPr... 2012/06/22 21:27:33
    ~ The Rebel ~
    But the voucher program is in the best interest of the children. Or are you for corralling them like animals in the public school system?
  • ProudPr... ~ The R... 2012/06/22 21:30:58
    The voucher program is simply one tendril of the class war the Republicans are waging. They believe that only the rich are entitled to a quality education and everyone else should be condemned to ignorance. A quality public education is something everyone is entitled to. Or are you going to argue with Thomas Jefferson, who founded the University of Virginia as a free school, and was so proud of that that he directed that his tombstone say that he was the "father" of the school, but it does not say that he was President of the United States.

    jefferson tombstone
  • ~ The R... ProudPr... 2012/06/22 21:38:00 (edited)
    ~ The Rebel ~
    I don't believe all public schools are 'quality education'!

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