Chicago's Robin Steans in the running for conservative 'Reformiest' award

What a pathetic piece of crap. The ultra-conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute is going to pick what it calls the "reformiest" person in corporate school reform. One of those in the running is well known to Substance readers: Robin Steans of the group "Advance Illinois." Below is the whole story as put out by Fordham. Also, here are the addresses to get to some of the major groups on line.

Robin Steans, the millionaire Chicago heiress who runs the astro-turf group called "Advance Illinois," is in the running for a conservative academy award of sorts from the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation. Substance photo by George N.

Grassroots Education Movement,

From: "The Thomas B. Fordham Institute" Sender: The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2011 15:10:17 -0500 (CDT)

To: ReplyTo: "The Thomas B. Fordham Institute" Subject: Reminder from the Fordham Institute: Education Reform Idol!

Education Reform Idol: The Reformiest State 2011

Please join us for Education Reform Idol, where leaders from five cutting-edge states will battle for the honor of "Reformiest State 2011." This Fordham Institute panel will pit Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin against one another in what should prove to be the biggest education policy event this summer. The winner will be determined by a vote of the in-person and online audience.

And this week, please visit the Fordham Institute's blog, Flypaper, to hear a bit from the contestants about education reform in their states. We've heard from Florida, Tuesday we'll hear from Illinois, Wednesday from Indiana, Thursday from Ohio, and Friday from Wisconsin.


Tony Bennett, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction

Peggy Lehner, Ohio State Senator, 6th District

Patricia Levesque, Executive Director, Foundation for Florida's Future

Ryan Murray, Policy and Legislative Affairs Director, Office of Governor Scott Walker, Wisconsin

Robin M. Steans, Executive Director, Advance Illinois


Jeanne Allen, President, Center for Education Reform

Richard Lee Colvin, Executive Director, Education Sector

Bruno V. Manno, Senior Advisor, Systematic K-12 Education Reform Focus Area, Walton Family Foundation


Michael J. Petrilli, Executive Vice President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute

or call 202-223-5452


Thursday, August 11, 2011

8:30 a.m.– 10 a.m.*

Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Thomas B. Fordham Institute

1016 16th Street NW, 7th Floor

Washington, DC 20036

*Check-in opens at 8 a.m.

*Light breakfast provided.

This event will be webcast. There is no need to register for the webcast – simply visit our website,, at 8:30 a.m. on August 11 and watch the proceedings live. The Thomas B. Fordham Institute is the nation's leader in advancing educational excellence for every child through quality research, analysis, and commentary, as well as on-the-ground action and advocacy in Ohio.

Find us online:

Thomas B. Fordham Institute

1016 16th Street NW

Washington D C, 20036



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