When I put in a Google search for Bill Cosby + Board of Directors + StudentsFirst, here's what comes up:
https://www.studentsfirst.org/board-directorsOne of America's most beloved comedians of all time, Bill Cosby has captivated generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums and best-selling ...
And yet, when you click on that link, you don't find the page with the Board of Directors listed or the page with Cosby listed as sitting on the board.
Instead, you just get the StudentsFirst.Org page.
I looked around the StudentsFirst website, including under the "Who We Are" tab.
The Board of Directors page seems to have disappeared from the site.
Now I see plenty of stories about Cosby joining StudentsFirst back in September 2012.
I even see a video of him talking about StudentsFirst and education reform.
But I don't see any stories about him stepping down.
Strange that StudentsFirst.org has lots of information about "Meeting Their Team" - including Michelle Rhee - and learning about their "Mission," but alas, no information about their board.
You'd think they want to publicize information about their board, especially since there are some real luminaries sitting on it, including Roland Martin, Joel Klein, Connie Chung and Bill Cosby.
It's as if something happened recently that made them decide to scrub their Board of Directors page, but rather than own up to it, they did it in the dark and hoped nobody noticed.
Now it's possible I've gotten this all wrong here and I'm just missing the information about the Board of Directors at StudentsFirst and all the wonderful members on it.
It's possible that I'm just missing the information about Cosby and his commitment to education reform and children on the Studentsfirst website.
Or it's possible that Cosby stepped down and I'm missing the notice for that on the World Wide Web.
Though I don't think this is the case - Valerie Strauss has a Washington Post piece dated August 13, 2014 about Michelle Rhee stepping down from StudentsFirst and joining Miracle Gro and Cosby is said to still be a member of the StudentsFirst board as of that date.
So it seems likely Cosby was still a member of the StudentsFirst Board of Directors when the sexual assault allegations against Cosby that have long been in the public domain went viral the past few weeks.
It seems that StudentsFirst wanted to distance themselves from the sexual assault (including statutory rape) allegations against Cosby as quickly and as quietly as they could.
If they did want to distance themselves from Cosby and the growing scandal around him, it's a shame they didn't go public and explain EXACTLY why they wanted to do that.
Berklee College of Music did just that with a scholarship Cosby sponsored at the school.
Alas, it seems the "students first" people at StudentsFirst haven't take that same route.
That's a shame - this could have been a teachable moment for us all, as the "Blame Teachers First" crowd turned on one of their own who looks to be a serial sexual assaulter.
You can bet if this was a teacher alleged to have committed these egregious acts, the StudentsFirst crowd wouldn't have gone quietly.
But they seem to have taken the coward's route out instead and scrubbed him away in the middle of the night.
If I've gotten any of this wrong, I will publicly apologize to StudentsFirst and Michelle Rhee herself for vilifying them for secretly scrubbing their ties away to a man alleged to have committed at least 18 acts of sexual assault and more coming out every day.
Just let me know, StudentsFirst folks.
Is Bill Cosby still a member of your board or not?
UPDATED - 10:40 AM: Patrick Sullivan left the following comment on the post:
Looks like they took their board page down. Google has a cached copy as of 10/31 that includes Cosby. This link should bring it up:
It seems Michelle Rhee and StudentsFirst did not have the guts to go public with their cutting Cosby loose.
Too bad, but not unexpected.
After all, Rhee helped sexual misconduct allegations against her husband, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, go away.
It seems Ms. Rhee and her fellow ed deformers are only looking for accountability against people who are accused of sexual misconduct when they're teachers.