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Are they standing for children or stomping on unions?

The education advocacy group Stand for Children this week promised $500,000 to John Connolly’s campaign for mayor, and after being criticized by his opponents, Connolly publicly declined the pledge (“Connolly rejects outside funding,” Page A1, Aug. 22).

Last year Stand for Children rammed a new teacher evaluation system through the state Legislature. This pressure group’s agenda had been opposed by Massachusetts teachers unions, the state secretary of education, the state PTA, and state associations of school librarians and special education administrators. So, this group says it’s “for children,” but by and large, it has been opposed by actual child advocates.

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