Every year, public education pours vast amounts of money into self-congratulatory reports and public communications designed to strengthen and maintain a favorable image. Smaller school districts have staff dedicated to external communications and larger ones host entire external communications offices. Their goal is to inform, but they highlight successes and favorable events while minimizing anything that would detract from a positive image. The result is that most local communities are selectively bathed in a stream of positive messaging and exposed to little that would suggest a need for heightened concern.
The effect is a local public that remains satisfied with their local schools despite objective findings that would inspire concern and greater attention to school board elections, district decisions, and school policies and actions.
Our mission is to avail consumers the facts and perspectives that they would want and need to know, and that role requires us to remain financially and otherwise independent of the education industry. To maintain that independence, we rely solely on the generosity of private donors from outside of the world of education.
If you see the value of what we do and want to see it expanded, please make a tax-exempt donation.
We are a David facing a publicly funded Goliath, so we need all of the help we can get.
Please send your contribution to the address below. Donations are tax-exempt and should be made payable to the Education Consumers Foundation. We will respond with confirmation and a receipt for your records–and our most sincere thanks.
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Education Consumers Foundation
1629 K St. N.W. Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006
Phone (202) 827-9468