Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Stand for Children, DFER, pushing Connolly in Boston mayor's race

We've seen this happen from farther away in the past, but it now has come to Boston: the big money ed interests are trying to buy themselves the mayor's seat:
Stand for Children, a national nonprofit, said it decided in early August to back Connolly. The group is planning what one adviser called “a full-frontal assault” on his behalf, replete with advertising on broadcast and cable TV, direct mail, a phone campaign, and door-knocking by more than 1,000 of the group’s supporters.
The campaign is intended to boost Connolly above the field before the Sept. 24 preliminary election whittles the 12 candidates down to two finalists.
A person with direct knowledge of the Stand for Children strategy, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, said the advocacy group had told fund-raisers it plans to have between $500,000 and $750,000 ready to spend by Labor Day.
Having Stand for Children's Jason Williams say that you're "incredibly well-aligned" with their positions means you've given it all away.
Here's what Stand for Children has been up to Boston so far.
And yes, Boston's mayor does appoint their School Committee.
As for me, I'm not endorsing anyone, but I'd take a look at what the Indignant Teacher has to say about Rob Consalvo.

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