StudentsFirst in Iowa

Mike Wiser reported last December in The Globe-Gazette that StudentsFirst spent over $355,000 during the 2012 election cycle, during which StudentsFirst supported State Senate candidates Shawn Hamerlinck, Jane Jech, and Michael Breitbach.

Mike Wiser reported about StudentsFirst’s advocacy efforts to get HF 215 passed in a Quad-City Times article last month, including an ad buy on WHO Radio.

In addition to that spending, StudentsFirst has had five registered lobbyists in Des Moines since February 2013.  StudentsFirst also reported spending over $71,000 to lobby the executive and legislative branches between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.

The latest news on StudentsFirst’s activities in Iowa, reported by The Des Moines Register, is that Patty Link, a former Des Moines School Board member has been hired to serve as the state director for StudentsFirst Iowa.

The StudentsFirst Iowa state page with blog can be found here.

An unfortunate consequence of the erosion of local control is that it makes it harder for parents and other community members to have a voice in shaping the education policy that affects our local public schools, but makes it easier for outside groups like StudentsFirst to have a voice.