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Basic facts
Location:Sacramento, California
Top official:Michelle Rhee
Founder(s):Michelle Rhee
Year founded:2010
Website:Official website
StudentsFirst is an education reform group founded by Michelle Rhee.[1] The organization was founded in 2010 as a 501(c)(4).[2] On August 13, 2014, Rhee announced her intention to step down as CEO of StudentsFirst, although she did not provide a date for her departure.[3]

The mission statement of the association is:

Our mission is to build a national movement to defend the interests of children in public education and pursue transformative reform, so that America has the best education system in the world.[4]

—StudentsFirst's website, (2014)[5]

Ballot measure activity

California: In 2014, StudentsFirst is expected to support passage of the California Teacher Performance Initiative ballot measure, which was filed with the Attorney General of California by a StudentsFirst consultant, Matt David.[1]

Congressional activity

New York: StudentsFirst contributed $10,168 to Hakeem Jeffries, who ran as the Democratic and Working Families Party candidate for the 8th Congressional District in 2012. He defeated Charles Barron for the Democratic nomination before winning the general election with 77.9 percent of the vote. Before his 2012 victory, he served in the New York State Assembly as the District 57 representative from 2007 to 2013.[6]

School board activity

California: Parents and Teachers for Putting Students First, a Super PAC affiliated with StudentsFirst, contributed $250,000 to the Coalition for School Reform in the Los Angeles Unified School District school board election in 2013.[7] The Coalition for School Reform supported a slate of three candidates in the general election on May 21, 2013. The organization's campaign manager stated that its goals included supporting district Superintendent John Deasy, reforming teacher evaluations and creating new charter schools. Two of the three candidates supported by the Coalition for School Reform won their election.[8] Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg also contributed $1 million to the Coalition for School Reform.[9]

New York: StudentsFirst contributed $3,000 and provided an additional in-kind contribution of $384.57 in data files to Buffalo school board candidate and local businessman Larry Quinn.[10] Quinn won one of three at-large seats on the board in the general election on May 6, 2014.[11] When he announced his candidacy, Quinn criticized controversial Superintendent Pamela Brown as inexperienced and incapable of leading the school district.[12]

State legislative activity

California: StudentsFirst contributed over $1 million in 2012 to various candidates for the California State Legislature. This included support for Democrats Ian Calderon, Cheryl Brown and Brian Johnson. Calderon, Brown and Johnson faced opponents funded by the California Teachers Association.[13]

Recent news

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