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Entries in MassPoliticsProfs by Maurice Cunningham

Massachusetts Board of Secondary and Elementary Education chair Paul Sagan recently issued a seven page letter defending his dark money contributions to banned-in-Boston Families for Excellent Schools Advocacy. His defense may be a violation of the precept, if you are in a hole, stop digging.

New school privatization shops are sprouting up all over Boston, and they have some hiring needs.

Last week Stand for Children blocked me on Twitter. Maybe it's because I've suggested that the Office of Campaign and Political Finance and Attorney General Maura Healey investigate its dark money operations. No hard feelings though, so let's welcome Stand for Children back to Massachusetts politics with a Special Edition of Your Dark Money Reader.

A story about Puerto Rican debt has big implications for secret privatization funder Seth Klarman, and  bigger implications for the health of Massachusetts democracy.

The bombshell Office of Campaign and Political Finance investigation into the activities of Families for Excellent Schools did more than impose a record fine and the death penalty on that dark money front. It raised questions about FES's tax status as a charity, questions that the IRS or state attorneys general may want to answer.

Families for Excellent Schools Advocacy is already a goner, given the death penalty by Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance. What's next for the dark money/charter school industrial complex?

Democrats for Education Reform Massachusetts is pushing a poll on Boston teachers that has two problems: we have no way to evaluate the poll, and we have no way of evaluating DFER MA.


Donald Trump's recent orders on transgender military personnel and Dreamers should finish off the Republicans' "party of Lincoln" label once and for all.


They say money is fungible but when it comes to plutocratic efforts to privatize public education there are two kinds of money: upstream and downstream.


Massachusetts Parents United may be Old Wine in an Empty Bottle but it's attracted some big money backers. Let's take a closer look at the Walton Family Foundation, Longfield Family Foundation, and National Philanthropic Trust.

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