Tusk Strategies, founded by Bradley Tusk, works with a variety of corporate and advocacy clients. One example of the latter is StudentsFirst, an education advocacy group. In recent news, the group appointed former Des Moines School Board member Patty Link as its Iowa state director. Link said that this new position indicated an enhanced Iowa presence from the national group.
StudentsFirst seeks increased accountability from educators. It believes in teachers being evaluated based on student performance as opposed to “rigid education bureaucracies.” Along with Bradley Tusk and Tusk Strategies the organization has been succeeding in implementing education reform nationwide, along these lines. Former chancellor of the Washington DC school district, Michelle Rhee, in acknowledgement of the difficulties in implementing such changes (given the criticism against their approach towards reform), entitled her book “Radical.”
With Link now on board, it is hoped that StudentsFirst’s efforts in the Iowa region will address the concerns of parents and base its work on the results. Link said, “I think the biggest thing is just reaching out to all of the interested parties on education reform and getting a temperature on where people are and trying to continue to implement education reform.”