Established in 2006, the Keystone State Education Coalition is a growing grass roots, non-partisan public education advocacy group of several hundred locally elected, volunteer school board members and administrators from school districts throughout Pennsylvania. Our mission is to evaluate, discuss and inform our boards, district constituents and legislators on legislative issues of common interest and to facilitate active engagement in public education advocacy.
How far is the school privatization juggernaut willing to go to disguise and promote their agenda? The Betsy DeVos-led American Federation for Children, through its PA affiliate Students First and its funding recipients, is financing the campaign of Fatimah Muhammad. She is an openly gay, African American, Muslim candidate for State Representative in Pennsylvania’s Democratic primary in the 188th District. The primary is on Tuesday, April 24.
American Federation for Children is the sole contributor to Pennsylvania’s Students First PAC in its 2012 campaign finance reports, providing 1.25 million in funding. I have been able to track the individual donors of much of the 2010 and 2011 funding of American Federation for Children PACs, but not the sources of this 1.25 million in 2012. Campaign finance reports show that Students First and its grantees and employees have provided $62,639 dollars of Fatimah Muhammad’s total receipts of $76,030 dollars. See the chart below.