Private school voucher proponents engage in direct mail recruiting

Next they'll be trolling the playgrounds with an ice cream truck:

Cards with pictures of smiling blond children point parents to a website to see if they qualify for “Opportunity Scholarships,” which provide taxpayer dollars for private school tuition. The personalized mailers address the recipient by first name, adding, “our state now provides money for private school. Now YOU have a choice!”

The mailers are paid for by Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, a school choice group. Darrell Allison, president, declined to disclose how many cards went out or how much the group paid for the marketing campaign. He said the goal is to give parents accurate information about “quality” school choice.

I'm more interested in where the money came from to finance said marketing campaign. Time to get out the shovel and do some digging...


Pope's tentacles reaching in

PEFNC's Vice President left Civitas to take a position there and was bumped up to VP after a year. The Pope Foundation won't be releasing its 990 for 2013 until the middle of next year or so, but it's a good bet they've shifted some funds over there in addition to a staffer.


"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis


A really quick scan of donors found the bulk of the $1.1 million given to PEFNC in 2012:

$65K Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
$75K American Federation for Children
$200K Alliance for School Choice
$600K Walton Family Foundation

Walmart benefits from the crumbling

of public school systems, by providing a mass of workers who barely graduated high school (or didn't).

AFC is a different story, with roots in the "free enterprise" Amway movement, which also includes privatizing war:

Dick DeVos funded the drive behind statewide union-busting legislation in Michigan.
His wife, Betsy DeVos is the former chair of the Michigan Republican Party. Her brother, Eric Prince, is the secretive founder and CEO of Blackwater, the private military contractor.

Betsy Devos is also the head of the American Federation for Children, which, according to its mission statement was created "to lead the education reform movement in state-level choice advocacy efforts"

The American Federation for Children spent $1.1 million defending Scott Walker in the recall election. And the group put $325,000 on Rick Gudex, a state legislator who narrowly defeated Democrat Jessica King and vowed not to vote for any budget that did not expand school vouchers.

Any Democrat who takes money from this group, and there were a few, need to either get their shit together or be Primaried vigorously.

They sound like

such a nice family! I'll bet that Thanksgiving dinner at their place is lovely!

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Several helpings of jive turkey...


And for dessert

Ponzi pie!

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis


Betsy DeVos' brother is Erik Prince of Blackwater fame. I'm sure Thanksgiving is interesting.