"We've seen a 3 point increase in graduation rates, we've seen growth on our ACT average. We've been scoring straight As on the state report card. There's a lot that goes into those results. But, it's clear to me that we wouldn't be where we are without the work of Strong Schools." ~Del Phillips, Director of Sumner County Schools
But there's a new group in town and they want to change all that. Oh... they say they want to make our schools better and stronger, but facts don't lie. And the facts are that when this national organization gets involved in local elections, the results are devastating to public schools, including Williamson County, TN.
Over the summer, AFP began holding meetings in Sumner County. The first, a meeting with AFP, SURG (those that opposed us so vocally during the 2014 elections) and activists that worked successfully to overturn one of the strongest School Boards in Tennessee, Williamson County, to talk about 2016 School Board races in Sumner County.
In Jefferson County and Douglas County Colorado, AFP spent heavily to help elect school board members who promoted a pro-voucher, anti-teacher agenda. Teachers and parents fled those school systems as the AFP experiment failed. It has been complete chaos.
Not content with ruining two districts in Colorado, AFP also got behind candidates for School Board in nearby Williamson County. The outside group spent nearly $50,000 on local school board candidates. Once elected, those candidates nearly drove Director of Schools (and Tennessee Superintendent of the Year) Mike Looney to leave -- and there are constant battles over side issues that prevent discussions of more serious, urgent issues.
AFP has deep pockets, spending tens of millions across the U.S. Their goal is to gain control of local governments to further their agenda. As stated earlier, the organization spent nearly $50,000 on a handful of School Board Candidates in Williamson County in one election. In comparison, Strong Schools spent $13,000 on 21 candidates over a Primary and General election.
With School Board elections coming up next year, it is vital that we are prepared for the influx of cash and volunteers. We can't let AFP and outside interests obliterate all the advances we have made.
So the question is, what are you willing to do about it? Strong Schools has many opportunities coming up to help make sure that a national outside organization with an anti public school agenda doesn't win.
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