Our year opened with the dramatic fallout from the filing of a lobbying complaint against the William Penn Foundation and the Boston Consulting Group. After a year-long investigation, the City Ethics Board would determine that, despite appearances, lobbying had not occurred but that there had been significant private interaction between the Foundation’s head and school district officials. The Foundation President resigned abruptly less than a week after we informed the Foundation of our intent to file a complaint with the Ethics Board. More importantly, the complaint raised consciousness about the expanding backdoor influence of deep-pocketed donors in the name of education “reform.” (Photo: Courtesy of PILCOP)

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