The United States of ALEC

crazycrawfish:

ALEC owns Louisiana too. This is a good post to see a summary of their education “reforms” and some good links to see the breadth of the problem this organization poses to our states and democracy.

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Because I was traveling in Texas over the weekend, I didn’t see Bill Moyers’ report on ALEC. I watched it last night, and I hope you will too.

If you want to understand how we are losing our democracy, watch this program.

If you want to know why so many states are passing copycat legislation to suppress voters’ rights, to eliminate collective bargaining, to encourage online schooling, to privatize public education, watch this program.

ALEC brings together lobbyists for major corporations and elected state officials in luxurious resorts. In its seminars, the legislators learn how to advance corporate-sponsored, free-market ideas in their state. Its model legislation is introduced in state after state, often with minimal or no changes in the wording.

Watch Moyers show how Tennessee adopted ALEC’s online school bill and how Arizona is almost a wholly owned ALEC state. Watch how Scott Walker followed the ALEC template.

Moyers…

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I am a former Louisiana Department of Education employee. I was one of the principal student data folks for the better part of a decade. You can find my blog at crazycrawfish.wordpress.com
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2 Responses to The United States of ALEC

  1. fatherkane says:

    Reblogged this on The Last Of The Millenniums and commented:
    I live in a State where ALEC has almost no input but I am ever mindful of ‘special interests’ that think they know more then ‘we the people’.

  2. Stay vigilant. Once you get an ALEC infestation the only remedy seems to be to move or bomb the whole place.

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