The super PAC for a controversial Sacramento-based education reform group has spent more than $13,000 in the Burbank school board race, baffling the two candidates who are benefiting from the expenditures and raising the eyebrows of other local stakeholders.
StudentsFirst — led by former District of Columbia schools chancellor Michelle Rhee — spent $6,675 each on campaign mailers and other promotional materials for Burbank school board candidates David Dobson and Charlene Tabet, according to reports filed with the city clerk. The expenditures were made through the group's super PAC, Parents and Teachers for Putting StudentsFirst.
Rhee is a controversial figure in education-reform circles. Her group — while getting involved in campaigns across the nation — has focused primarily on state policy, and recently spent $250,000 on behalf of Los Angeles Unified school board candidates who are opposed by the powerful teachers union.