WI Dem Calls out ALEC’s agenda to eliminate Public Education with Voucher Schools

March 17, 2012
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The corporate funded American Legislative Exchange Council, better known as ALEC is affecting every state in our country. ALEC, the Koch funded entity shapes legislation which Corporations then vote on to benefit their bottom line.

Rep. Mark, Pocan (WI-D) in a ballsy move on the Assembly floor explained ALEC’s agenda to eliminate public education in order to hand our children’s education over to voucher schools which have zero accountability.

From ALEC exposed:

 ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and Politicians. They have their own corporate governing board which meets jointly with the legislative board. (ALEC says that corporations do not vote on the board.) They fund almost all of ALEC’s operations. Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovations—without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills. ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, with one in every five of them enacted into law. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. It might be right. It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door.

Ideology cannot replace Democracy.

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  • Mario Minichino

    Apparently someone did not pay much attention in their civics class while in high school. Legislation can be originated in several ways: from individuals, the President, members of congress, special interest groups, and corporations. That said, only members of congress can introduce legislation to the body of which they are members. I don’t see any scandalous activity here, just a process which is legal and has been in practice for over two centuries. If you want to improve education, first you have to define what you are trying to produce. Avoid all of the nebulous education based speech and define clearly what the process is designed to produce. We are discussing practice and content changes without focusing on the crux of the issue; what exactly does an education in the 21st century, and what does it entail. Until this discussion occurs, we are just rearranging deck chairs.

  • http://www.organic-gardening-for-life.com/ Greg Traver

    Wow, Zero accountability? Isn’t that what we already have in place with unionized education? The last 40 years of educational ‘standards’ continually being lowered is nothing to be proud of so why not try charter schools which have overwhelming success rates if you are really concerned about teaching?

    • martha_macarthur

      Standardized testing is what has brought down our education system so blame the federal government with their stings attached funding. Children spend more time practicing how to take the tests which are required to receive funding and lose valuable learning time. They graduate being excellent test takers with little to no applicable knowledge/skills. Charter schools aren’t necessarily any better than public schools, just look at the numbers nation wide.

      one of many sources: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Education/2010/0629/Study-On-average-charter-schools-do-no-better-than-public-schools

      If you really want the education system to change you need to demand that teachers be allowed to actually teach instead of doing exam prep all year long.

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