My, but there sure are a lot of education advocacy groups in and around Seattle. There are so many, I'm not sure how the Gates Foundation (which, I think, funds them all) keeps track of them.
Let's see how many we can count.
League of Education Voters
Stand for Children
Partnership for Learning
Alliance for Education
Community Center for Education Results
Seattle Council PTSA
Each of these groups has an executive director and a staff that all are making a living from advocating all the same things as all of the other groups. Why do we need so many of them? Why can't they all just merge, like LEV and the New School Foundation did? Wouldn't that cut redundant staff and mean more resources for students?
Beyond the general education advocacy groups, there are others.
There are a couple special interest advocacy groups:
Where's the Math?
Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER)
Then there are the think tanks:
Center on Reinventing Public Education
Washington Policy Center
Center for Educational Leadership
Freedom Foundation (formerly the Evergreen Freedom Foundation)
There are teacher (or anti-teacher) groups:
The Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession
National Council on Teacher Quality
Seattle Education Association
And a few parent advocacy groups:
Community and Parents for Public Schools
Parents Across America - Seattle
The Parents Union
Please remind me of any I've forgotten so I can add them to this roster.