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July 14, 2014

Michelle Rhee's Ed Reform Group Powers Down Five State Affiliates

StudentsFirst, the education reform and advocacy group founded by the former District of Columbia schools chancellor, confirmed that it's ending the work of paid staff in Florida, Iowa, Indiana, Maine, and Minnesota.

February 04, 2014

Colorado District Leaders Press for More Funding, Power

A group of Colorado school superintendents call for an additional $275 million in state public-school funding on top of a proposed increase from Gov. John Hickenlooper.

January 14, 2014

On Michelle Rhee's Latest State-Policy Report Card, No 'A' Grades Once Again

Still, an official with the StudentsFirst advocacy organization says that state policy has improved somewhat since last year on what the group flags as high-priority areas.

May 02, 2013

Don't Say 'Reformer'

Education reform group StudentsFirst has apologized for calling a Tennessee lawmaker who sponsored anti-gay legislation one of its reformers of the year.

April 30, 2013

Walton Family Foundation Gives $8 Million to StudentsFirst

The money will go to support the national growth of former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee's organization.

April 30, 2013

Michelle Rhee Doesn't Put All Students First

Considering GLSEN's research and the stories of children dying unnecessarily at a young age, it came as a surprise that Michelle Rhee named someone who doesn't believe that LGBT students have a place in schools, as their Educational Reformer of the Year.

April 15, 2013

How Will Michelle Rhee's Policy and Politics Work Fare in States?

The long-term impacts of a possible cheating scandal in D.C. Public Schools on StudentsFirst, Michelle Rhee's advocacy group, are not yet clear.

April 10, 2013

'Parent Power Index' Puts Familiar States in Top Policy Spots

The Center for Education Reform, like the American Legislative Exchange Council, has given Indiana top marks among states for education policy.

January 16, 2013

Teacher Takes on StudentsFirst Machine in Rhee's Back Yard

Local school board races used to be small town affairs. But recently, as money has flowed into education reform across the country, we have seen local races take on national significance. And StudentsFirst clearly cares about the outcome of this local election, right in Michelle Rhee's back yard. The only real antidote to well-funded astroturf operations like StudentsFirst is real grassroots activism. And fortunately, in West Sacramento, voters will have a real educator to vote for. A National Board certified teacher, Sarah Kirby-Gonzales, has stepped forward to run. I worked with Ms. Kirby-Gonzales on a writing project several years ago, so I reached out to her to find out more about her candidacy.

January 11, 2013

Rhee vs. QC: How StudentsFirst's Report Card and Quality Counts Differ

Although both Education Week and StudentsFirst released state K-12 rankings in the second week of January, there were several differences in how the rankings worked.

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