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ERIC Number: EJ962311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6855
For or against Children? The Problematic History of Stand for Children
Libby, Ken; Sanchez, Adam
Rethinking Schools, v26 n1 p20-25 Fall 2011
Stand for Children was founded in the late 1990s as a way to advocate for the welfare of children. It grew out of a 1996 march by more than 250,000 people in Washington, D.C. The aim of the march was to highlight child poverty at a time when Congress and the Clinton administration were preparing to "end welfare as we know it." Jonah Edelman, son of children's and civil rights activist Marian Wright Edelman, co-founded the group and continues to serve as CEO. Stand's first chapter was in Oregon, but the group now operates in eight additional states: (1) Arizona; (2) Colorado; (3) Illinois; (4) Indiana; (5) Massachusetts; (6) Tennessee; (7) Texas; and (8) Washington. Fifteen years later, Stand seems to have morphed into something quite different. For Oregonians, the first public indications that Stand had made a striking 180-degree turn in its politics was its support for Race to the Top legislation and its active promotion of the antiunion, anti-public school film "Waiting for "Superman"." In this article, the authors explore why Stand has made an alarming U-turn.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Colorado; District of Columbia; Illinois; Indiana; Massachusetts; Oregon; Tennessee; Texas; Washington
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Race to the Top