Andrea Zelinski tells the tale of big spending education reform groups and their impact on the 2012 elections. She then notes the spending and involvement in state and local campaigns does not appear likely to stop.
She notes that Students First will likely be a big player in legislative races, after having spent more than $200,000 in 2012.
Democrats for Education Reform and Stand for Children (which recently hired long-time lobbyist Betty Anderson as Executive Director) were mentioned as potential new players in the 2014 cycle.
What’s unknown, so far, is whether any group or groups will band together to counter the efforts of those pushing the current agenda of charters, vouchers, and teacher merit pay.