Since our launch in January 2014, we at Integrity in Education have already begun to make a name for ourselves as an organization dedicated to restoring integrity to the public conversation about education. We will continue to build on these successes and lessons learned to actualize our mission in the months and years to come.
Integrity in Education has…
…taken on corporate influence at the US Department of Education. At Education Week, Salon, The Hill, Capital & Main, and elsewhere, we’ve raised awareness of the revolving door corrupting the federal education policy process, and will keep doing so as our investigation of the USDOE continues.
…changed the conversation about “school choice”. Thanks to our organizing, school voice dominated the online conversation during the deceptively-named “School Choice Week.” Our message also predominated in a special TVOne debate between our Executive Director and school privatization advocate Dr. Howard Fuller, advancing a different conversation on charters and school privatization within the Black community.
…changed the charter debate on air and on the floor of the US House of Representatives. Working in partnership with the Center for Popular Democracy, we helped expose rampant fraud, waste and abuse in the charter industry, earning considerable written coverage as well as airtime on MSNBC. In addition, Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI) and Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) cited that work in their respective opposition to a recent federal giveaway to the charter industry. Together, we will keep working to hold charters accountable, and to separate the positive potential of the charter school movement from the predatory charter industry that has corrupted it.
…opened up a much-needed conversation about the real issues at stake in the debate over national standards. Online (TakePart) and on air (MSNBC), we challenged media mavens and education thought leaders to tune out the conspiracy-driven noise and rethink uncritical acceptance of the Common Core Standards. We urge policymakers to prioritize what students really need over market opportunities for for-profit testing companies.
…and much more. We’ve held reporters accountable for checking up on the false claims of politicians like Jeb Bush (NPR State Impact; Voxxi). We’ve pushed education media to re-examine for-profit education companies like Rupert Murdoch’s Amplify (EdWeek). We’ve spurred dialogue about the corporate takeover of education among education leaders (District Administration). And we’ve brought the words “freedom” and “democracy” back into the conversation about public schools (The Hill, The American Prospect).