In a recent commentary discussing attacks upon Wisconsin’s school board structures, professor Julie Underwood writes about the American Legislative Exchange Council ALEC, an influential national network that’s pushing an agenda to shrink government, privatize schools, and promote business interests. The article outlines ALEC’s legislative impact in Wisconsin and why pubic school supporters should be concerned.
In this report by Professor Underwood, ALEC’s involvement in advancing pursuits of their corporate members is laid out in a manner to allow parents and citizens to fully comprehend how they are at the core of the ongoing attacks upon public education. Underwood, J.D., Ph.D., is a professor and the dean of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
VLTP has provided research articles on issues of privatizing public schools and named those organizations, companies and corporations involved in such privatization – for profit. Dr. Underwood identifies the same players by name and organization in her research:
“According to the Report Card on American Education, the education agenda of the American Legislative Exchange Council ALEC calls for:
- Reducing the influence of, or elimination of, local school districts and school boards.
- Privatizing education through vouchers, charters and tax incentives.
- Increasing student testing and reporting.
- Introducing market factors into schools, particular the teaching profession.
In short, ALEC seeks to undo much of the work and power of school boards.
Corporate members pay to serve on their task-forces, and provide the funds for the state legislators to attend ALEC meetings. More…