December 19th, 2012 4:30 pm | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: Politics, Schools, Legislature

Rob Kremer Will Lead Charter School Network

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Rob Kremer, a political consultant and longtime charter school activist has been named the head of TeamCFA Foundation, which is putting together a national network of charter schools.

TeamCFA is the creation of John Bryan, a Lake Oswego investor. It currently operates eight schools in three states and plans to open another 42 schools over the next decade.

Kremer, the treasurer of the Oregon Republican Party, has been increasingly influential in GOP circles through his consulting firm, Third Century Solutions and its creation, the Transformation Project. Third Century orchestrated the GOP take-over of the Clackamas County Commission in November and was active in several legislative races, although most of its candidates lost. The firm has worked closely with Stimson Lumber CEO Andrew Miller, a large donor to GOP causes and candidates. Their collective efforts were the subject of a recent WW cover story.

Kremer's announcement that he is leaving political consulting comes on the same day that Dr. Knute Buehler, the unsuccessful Republican candidate for Secretary of State, wrote an op-ed for The Oregonian in which he attributed part of the reason Republicans struggle to win Oregon elections to Democrats' superior campaign operations, which include a large stable of political consultants.

"Democrats have, with public employee union leadership, created a permanent "corporate" structure for electioneering. The unions have invested heavily in establishing a professional campaign organization to control the levers of state government and our public schools," Buehler wrote in today's O. "Conversely, Republican candidates create a new campaign organization each time they run. Incumbents have some carryover, but the effectiveness is limited because of the lack of permanent infrastructure, small scale and high staff turnover."

Kremer told WW he will continue to be active in politics, although not as much in Oregon and in different ways.

"I am excited to join TeamCFA and to continue my work expanding the influence of charter schools on a nationwide basis," Kremer said in a statement. "I admire TeamCFA's dedication to the Core Knowledge curriculum, as well as their efforts to protect and advance the best educational interests of the student, family, teacher and taxpayer in the charter movement."

Bridget Barton and Jim Pasero, Kremer's partners in Third Century Solutions, will continue to operate the consulting firm.
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