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Gloria Romero Leaving One Ed Reform Group to Start Another

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  • Leonie Haimson
    There seems to be unlimited funding from billionaires for these astroturf groups that claim to represent public school parents. Willing to sell out? You re
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 3, 2013

      There seems to be unlimited funding from billionaires for these astroturf groups that claim to represent public school parents.  Willing to sell out?  You’re sure to get funding from Gates, Broad or Walton or even hedge funders.

      http://laschoolreport.com/gloria-romero-leaving-one-ed-reform-group-to-start-another/

      Gloria Romero Leaving One Ed Reform Group to Start Another

      Posted on October 3, 2013 by Hillel Aron

      Gloria Romero, from her days as State Senate Majority Leader

      Gloria Romero, from her days as State Senate Majority Leader

      Gloria Romero is stepping down from her position as Director of California Democrats for Education Reform (or DFER) to start a new organization, the Foundation for Parent Empowerment.

      “I am thankful for the opportunity to have worked with DFER, but believe that it is time to move past party politics and focus my skills and organizing with parents who form the true base of any education reform movement,” she said in a statement.

      In 2010, as a California State Senator, Romero authored the country’s first “parent trigger” law, which allows a majority of parents to replace a school’s leadership. But the fiercely independent Romero hasn’t always agreed with the tactics employed by Parent Revolution, the non-profit that has helped organize every parent trigger campaign in California to date.

      Romero’s new organization will focus on empowering parents to affect change at their children’s schools.

      “A myriad of federal and state laws exist which, when combined, offer parents greater opportunities to become more actively involved in helping their children pursue the American Dream via education,” she said.

      Romero’s independence and unpredictability have earned her many enemies. Last year, she even broke with DFER’s national organization to support LA Unified and seven other California school districts in their quest for a No Child Left Behind waiver.

      Nevertheless, DFER Executive Director Joe Williams lent a quote to Romero’s goodbye press release, saying, “We are extremely grateful for all the great work Gloria has done for children and families in California as an elected official in the California Legislature as well as her leadership of DFER in California.”

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