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No More Rayne Martin at Stand for Children Louisiana

December 19, 2015

On December 18, 2015, fellow blogger Jason France wrote a post about a malicious commercial that corporate reform organization Stand for Children created in order to falsely discredit former Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) member Carolyn Hill, who was running for re-election in October 2015.

Aired the week preceding the October 24, 2015, election, the 30-second television ad was meant to deceive viewers into believing that Hill had outstanding warrants for her arrest. The news-flash-styled campaign smear is from a non-existent TV station and offers bogus arrest warrant numbers to fabricate a credible facade:

I was surprised to see such cruelty coming from Stand for Children Louisiana (SFC-LA); my interactions with SFC-LA executive director Rayne Martin left me with no hint that she would go to such lengths to be ugly to another human being.

In further researching the issue, I discovered that Martin left SFC-LA in April 2015. The new executive director was the former marketing and communications director, Carrie Griffin Monica. In this archived snapshot of the SFC-LA staff webpage dated March 22, 2015, Martin is still executive director and Monica, marketing and communications director. However, another archived snapshot of the SFC-LA webpage dated April 22, 2015, has Martin gone and Monica as executive director.

rayne martin  Rayne Martin

There has been a lot of shuffling on that SLC-LA staff webpage– both individuals and titles. Here is the SLC-LA staff listing from January from January 05, 2015:

  • Rayne Martin, Exec. Director
  • Carrie Griffin Monica, Marketing/Comm. Director
  • Jason Hughes, Gov’tal Affairs Director
  • Rhonda Allmon, Educator Organizer
  • Jan Miles, Development and Curriculum Manager
  • Hamida Albi, Policy Analyst
  • Dana Henry, New Orleans City Director
  • Kyle Grace, Baton Rouge Organizer
  • Shannon Fazande, New Orleans Organizer
  • Steven Cole, Jr., New Orleans Organizer

And from February 19, 2015:

  • Rayne Martin, Exec. Director
  • Carrie Griffin Monica, Marketing/Comm. Director
  • Jason Hughes, Gov’tal Affairs Director
  • Rhonda Allmon, Educator Organizer
  • Jan Miles, Development and Curriculum Manager
  • Hamida Albi, Policy Analyst
  • Dana Henry, New Orleans City Director
  • Kyle Grace, Baton Rouge Organizer
  • Steven Cole, Jr., New Orleans Organizer
  • Alex Deiro, La. Marketing/Comm. Director

And from March 22, 2015:

  • Rayne Martin, Exec. Director
  • Carrie Griffin Monica, Marketing/Comm. Director
  • Jason Hughes, Gov’tal Affairs Director
  • Steven Cole, Jr., New Orleans Organizer
  • Alex Deiro, Marketing and Comm. (No “La.,” no “director”)
  • Anthony Dennis, Baton Rouge Director
  • Karen Clark, State Operations Coordinator
  • Dana Henry, New Orleans City Director
  • Kyle Grace, Baton Rouge Organizer

Moving ahead one month, to April 22, 2015:

  • Carrie Griffin Monica, Exec. Director
  • Jason Hughes, Gov’tal Affairs Director
  • Dana Henry, New Orleans City Director
  • Kyle Grace, Baton Rouge Organizer
  • Steven Cole, Jr., New Orleans Organizer
  • Anthony Dennis, Baton Rouge Director
  • Alex Deiro, Marketing/Comm. Director
  • Karen Clark, State Operations Director
  • Keith Leger, Program Manager/Education Organizer

By May 23, 2015, add to the above, April list

  • Jerry L. Harrell, Jr., Jefferson Organizer

Harrell did not last long. By September 12, 2015, SFC-LA staff listing morphs again, and this listing holds true as of December 19, 2015:

  • Carrie Griffin Monica, Exec. Director
  • Shelita Bourgeois, Development Director
  • Dana Henry, New Orleans City Director
  • Alex Deiro, Marketing/Comm. Director
  • Anthony Dennis, Baton Rouge Director
  • Karen Clark, State Operations Director
  • Keith Leger, Program Manager/Education Organizer
  • Nikki Dangerfield, Baton Rouge Organizer

Yep. Lots of that signature corporate reform organizational “disruption” evident on the SFC-LA staff webpage. And there’s more of it; for example, see July 10, 2013, and April 07, 2014, and November 03, 2014, and December 04, 2014.

Martin became SFC-LA executive director in December 2011; she began as one of three staff, according to this March 01, 2012, archived staff page:

  • Rayne Martin, Exec. Director
  • Westley Bayas III, New Orleans Director
  • Raymond Allmon, Baton Rouge Organizer

The SFC-LA staff was pretty stable from from May 02, 2012 to July 10, 2013 (add Jan Miles, Development and Curriculum Manager, who was on and off the staff page some, and add Monica Candal, Policy Analyst).

Martin departed with little fanfare effective April 06, 2015, according to new SFC-LA Executive Director Monica’s bio.

Even though Martin was gone, her name continued to appear in SFC ethics administration filings for both of SFC-LA’s PACS until July 2015. (See here and here for Monica’s first being listed as SFC-LA related to the October 2015 BESE election, which can be verified here and here.)

Which brings me back to the issue of the slimy attack on BESE member Carolyn Hill.

That happened under SLC-LA Executive Director Carrie Griffin Monica’s watch.

Martin is now a “senior consultant” with the obscurely-named UPD Consulting, which advertises itself as “public sector change agents.”

One gander at the UPD client list makes the market-based reform mission of UPD obvious (it includes the Gates Foundation, Teach for America, NewSchools Venture Fund, and National Council on Teacher quality)– as does its slogan, “Measure. Manage. Perform. Transform.” and its offerings to “turn around” schools and “transform” organizations.

Below is an excerpt on how Martin is advertising herself with UPD:

Rayne has more than 17 years of leadership experience working with government and non-profit organizations. At UPD, she focuses on Transformational Leadership Coaching, helping leaders diagnose problems, set agendas, and build the credibility and relationships needed to lead large scale transformation.

In March 2015, CityBizList carried an announcement of Martin’s joining UPD, but it included no mention of her reason for leaving SFC-LA.

A mystery.

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Schneider is a southern Louisiana native, career teacher, trained researcher, and author of the ed reform whistle blower, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education.

She also has a second book, Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?, published in June 2015.

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8 Comments
  1. Laura H. Chapman permalink

    Amazing work. The clients lists are almost always intended too signal self importance in addition to revealing how deep and wide the takeover of f public education has become.

  2. Jean Pinney permalink

    You should check into Rayne Martins credentials . She was a Paul Vallas hire at RSD

  3. A blast from the past on Rayne Martin by G Bitchspot. Rayne is a living symbol of hypocrisy and evil in her lifetime dream to bring about social justice. A warning to all that these self professed do gooders can enlist great harm. One has to wonder how a “smart” girl raised in rural Louisiana (according to her own testimony in legislative committee) could aspire to purposeful destruction of people’s wellbeing. She once testified that she never had a teacher who knew more than she did and she vowed in high school to remedy that for other children. http://bit.ly/1mdSocq

    • Martin might be arrogant and even deluded, but focusing on her as SFC-LA exec director during the time of the attack ad on Carolyn Hill is not correct. Monica was exec director then, and the attention to Martin for this issue takes attention off of the one on whom it belongs: Monica.

  4. Dr. Schneider, thank you for this excellent article that conveys the truth regarding the lengths some folks will go to discredit others. Carolyn Hill was and continues to be a champion for responsible education reform. She would have won reelection if it were not for these slanderous campaign tactics. Carolyn was actively engaged with her constituency and was visible at many activities. She attended commencement programs and other activities in her BESE District and was responsive to the needs of her people. The actions described in your article are repulsive. Carolyn did not win re-election, but no one can say she did not represent her BESE District with honor, commitment, and dignity–and above all, great class! !

  5. Donna permalink

    So how do these evil doers get away with it? Why are they not prosecuted for their lies?

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