If we are to get Goldman Sachs out of ESEA, we will have to be the ones to do it.


-Bev Johns

If we are to remove/change Goldman Sachs Pay for Success in S. 1177, we have to do it.

The National groups to which we belong have decided to do nothing.

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) generally decides “our” position on “our” issues. All major groups in our field belong to CCD.

CCD met last week on Pay for Success. They decided to take no position.

Not surprising since one of the Co-Chairs of the CCD Education Task Force is the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) which, through its membership in America Forward, supports Pay for Success.

CCD stated it has not seen the final language on Pay for Success in S. 1177 (nor has anyone else as it is now being written for release on November 30).

Of course it will be very difficult to change/affect any language in S. 1177 AFTER the bill is WRITTEN and ready for a final vote in the U.S. House  and U.S. Senate, as the bill must pass both with identical wording.

Will YOU make a call to D.C. (per the message below)?


The concepts in ESEA have passed Conference Committee but the actual language in S. 1177 is now being written: S. 1177 is to be released to the public on November 30.

It is hard to believe that some members of the Conference Committee on ESEA (Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders) knew that Goldman Sachs Pay for Success is in S. 1177.

After all, only the words Pay for Success are there – no explanation that Utah is using Pay for Success to reduce identifications for special education by over 99 percent, or that Goldman Sachs is already being paid for this “success” for these “results” in Utah.

Or that in Chicago Goldman Sachs will be paid $9,100 each year for each child NOT identified as needing special education as a result of being in the Pay for Success program.

You can CALL the D.C. office of Senator Lamar Alexander, talk to a live person, strongly request to talk with committee staff about Goldman Sachs Pay for Success in S. 1177. If you do, assume they know nothing about how Pay for Success has been used in Utah, nothing about the New York Times  articles on Utah and Pay for Success, etc.

What happens to special education when Goldman Sachs is paid each time a school does NOT identify a student as needing special education? And Goldman Sachs is paid year after year for that same student?

You can do the same for Senator Patty Murray, Representative John Kline, and Rep. Bobby Scott (the other 3 leaders on ESEA).

Below is what we are doing in Illinois on Sen. Mark Kirk:


On Monday and Tuesday please call the offices of our U.S. Senator Mark Kirk urging him to act on removing/modifying the Goldman Sachs Pay for Success part of  S. 1177, the reauthorization of the Elementary and

Secondary Education Act (ESEA which used to be called No Child Left Behind).

Sen. Kirk, despite weeks of contacts on Pay for Successapparently has done nothing, even though he was a Member of the Conference Committee between the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate on ESEA.

I received a telephone message on Thursday from Sen. Kirk’s Washington, D.C. office saying nothing could be done by Sen. Kirk.

The actual language of S. 1177, based on concepts approved by the Conference Committee, will not be released until November 30. Changes were being negotiated on Friday after the Conference Committee was over, and that will continue this week.

Utah is using Pay for Success to reduce special ed by 99 percent (and is the first project to actually start to pay back Goldman Sachs), and Chicago will be paying

Goldman Sachs $9,100 EACH YEAR for each student NOT identified for special education (multiple payments for the same student).

Please express your concerns to Sen. Kirk’s staff on his lack of action on Pay for Success in S. 1177,and the absolute requirement for action to avoid permanent harm to special education students and their parents in Illinois. (for D.C., if you want to speak to a live person, do not take any options offered but simply wait until someone answers)

U.S. Senator from Illinois Mark Kirk

Washington, D.C.: 202-224-2854

Chicago: 312-886-3506

Springfield (often no one there): 217-492-5089

One Reply to “If we are to get Goldman Sachs out of ESEA, we will have to be the ones to do it.”

  1. Kirk is just as pompous as Rauner. Actually, it seems as though the top three politicians in Illinois (Rauner, Kirk, and Durbin) are from the same mold. They all seem to have the attitude that they know what’s good for us, and there’s no need for us to offer any suggestions. Just keep sending your campaign donations is the main piece of advice that they have for all of us.

    Bear in mind too, if considering a vote for Hillary, that GOLDMAN SACHS is one of the big contributors to the Clinton Global Initiative. http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/03/politics/clinton-foundation-bank-ties-donors-2016/index.html

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