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But with DFER already signaling that it's open to working with Trump, with high-profile reformers like Moskowitz and Rhee also giving him a public nod of approval, and since some of the same billionaires who fund the charter school movement also back the president-elect, the chances aren't great that Democratic education reformers will staunchly oppose Trump's school reform agenda.
As Shavar Jefferies of DFER argued, "In communities of color throughout our country, public charter schools are providing pathways to college and careers that previously were not available." (6)
(3.) Democrats for Education Reform, "Statement from DFER President Shavar Jeffries on the NAACP's Resolution Calling for a Moratorium on Charter Schools," press release, August 3, 2016, http://dfer.org/statement-from-dfer-president-shavar-jeffries-on-the-naacps-resolution-calling-for-a-moratorium-on-charter-schools/.
Stand for Children, 50CAN, DFER, and FEE are national organizations that work in multiple states.
The New York press reported that one of DFER's hedge fund angels, Plainfield Asset Management LLC (where Harold Levy, Klein's predecessor as New York City schools chancellor, was the managing director), paid Sharpton's organization $500,000 for his involvement.
Early on, DFER identified then-Senator Barack Obama and then-Newark Mayor Cory Booker as promising politicians willing to break with teachers unions.
The individual coordinating the overall effort was Joe Williams, executive director of DFER. The New York Times recounts an incident involving Williams when Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew M.
The study goes on to zero in on STAND, 50-CAN, and DFER and examines several real-world examples of ERAO advocacy to provide evidence of parent power.
According to Joe Williams, DFER's executive director, Obama incriminated the teachers unions when the director of a Harlem charter school asked the then candidate why Democrats threw up so many obstacles.
Kathleen Nugent from DFER NJ remarked that "organic mobilization of parents is key--an outsider with no connection to the community can't lead a parent organizing effort in Newark." Her group has to date played a supporting, behind-the-scenes role: disseminating information about school system performance, organizing public forums to educate parents about proposed reforms, and partnering with schools to provide parent advocates platforms for their voices to be heard before district and state policymakers.
Joe Williams, director of Democrats for Education Reform (DFER)--a national group that advocates on a range of issues like expanded choice, tenure reform, and governance reform--explained, "It's a lot easier to mobilize charter parents because they are already organized within a school.
A relatively new education group called Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) was created at about the same time as ED in '08 with not only a 501(c)(4) but also a political action committee (PAC) that could give money directly to candidates.
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