Earlier this week, Jay Greene and I released a new study at Education Next. We reported that, contrary to conventional wisdom—which holds that “school reform” is a right-wing movement, or perhaps a centrist one—”school reformers” are overwhelmingly left-leaning. In fact, 87 percent or more of the political contributions made over the last decade by staff at leading school reform organizations went to Democratic candidates and causes.
We examined the political campaign contributions made by individuals working in 267 education reform organizations which receive support from either the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation or the Walton Family Foundation. We found that