Who Is Behind the Big $?

Last week we shared the following article, Lobbyists in  K-12 in Colorado – https://coloradosun.com/2021/05/03/colorado-education-lobbying-spending/?mc_cid=72fbae982e&mc_eid=72f431c762

Here’s a little more research regarding who is behind the big $’s:

$1,136,080 – Vendors of education products/tools  

$1,134,417 – Education Associations (Teachers + Executives/Administrators) 

$752,950 – For Profit Education Management Companies  

$800,477 – School Districts (BVDS, CCSD, DPS)

$356,221 – Charters 

$286,302 – Childrens’ Campaign

$276,434 – Ready Colorado

$259,620 – Colorado Succeeds

$768,588 – Colorado Education Association
“…the largest union of educators in the state with more than 38,000 K-12 teachers, higher ed faculty, and education support professionals, as well as students preparing to become teachers, and retired educators.”

$468,000 – K12 Inc – A Stride Company  –
Here’s the “Company Mission” https://www.k12.com/about-k12/company-mission.html
Stride Stock Info: https://investors.stridelearning.com/stock-information/stock-details/default.aspx

K12 Inc. is a for-profit education company that sells online schooling and curricula. K12 is an education management organization that provides online education designed as an alternative to traditional “brick and mortar” education for public school students from kindergarten to 12th grade. Wikipedia

$365,829 – Colorado Association of School Executives
“Established in 1969, CASE serves as the dynamic voice for more than 2,400 public school administrators from nearly all of Colorado’s 178 school districts.”

$356,221 – Colorado League of Charter Schools
In 1994, the Colorado League of Charter Schools was founded to provide advocacy and support services to the fast growing charter school community.

In 2019-20, there are 262 charter schools in Colorado serving 128,000 students. Charter school enrollment in Colorado equals approximately 14% of total public school enrollment.

$326,080 – Amplify Education  – 
“Amplify creates K–12 core and supplemental curriculum, assessment, and intervention programs for today’s students”

The Company:

  • Core Knowledge® and related trademarks are the property of the Core Knowledge Foundation. DIBELS® is a registered trademark of the University of Oregon. The Lawrence Hall of Science is a trademark of the Regents of the University of California.

 $293,000 – Teaching Strategies –
“Teaching Strategies partners with early childhood educators by providing innovative, effective resources that empower and inspire them as they teach and care for our youngest learners during the critical, formative years from birth through third grade. “

$287,076 – Cherry Creek School District

 $286,302 – Colorado Children’s Campaign –

“…a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985…” Known for their participation in the national KIDS COUNT project. It includes data for every county in Colorado on child demographics, economic security, health, early childhood and K-12 education.

 $284,950 – National Heritage Academies
“By its simplest definition, a charter school is a tuition-free public school that offers parents a choice. National Heritage Academies is a network of charter schools under the management of a single company.”

(National Heritage Academies, Inc. is a for-profit education management organization headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As of the 2019-20 school year, NHA operates 88 charter schools in nine states: Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, New York, North Carolina, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, and Wisconsin.)

 $280,000 – Pearson

Pearson Education is a British-owned education publishing and assessment service to schools and corporations, as well for students directly. Pearson owns educational media brands including Addison–Wesley, Peachpit, Prentice Hall, eCollege, Longman, Scott Foresman, and others. Wikipedia

 $276,434 – Ready Colorado
Advocate for Choice: public, private, charter, traditional, magnet, virtual, or home school
“Conservatives Prioritizing Education”

$264,651 – Denver Public Schools

$259,620 – Colorado Succeeds
Business/Public/Private partnerships; $’s follow the students;

$248,750 – Boulder Valley School District

$237,000 – Apollo Education Group
Apollo Education Group, Inc. is an American corporation based in the South Phoenix area of Phoenix, Arizona, with an additional corporate office in Chicago, Illinois. Wikipedia

On February 1, 2017, Apollo Education Group, Inc. announced the successful completion of its acquisition by a consortium of investors including The Vistria Group, LLC and funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC.


How much money do you have to ensure your voice is heard?