ALEC meeting in Chicago

ALEC meeting in Chicago

As thousands of protesters gather outside the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) meeting in Chicago this week, the Center for Media and Democracy and the Progressive bring you the full story of ALEC's behind-the-scenes moves, state by state, to privatize the public schools . . .


ALEC’s Schoolhouse Rock

Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett was the darling of the education reform movement. In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Bennett and Governor Mitch Daniels created the country’s largest school voucher program, enacted rigid teacher evaluation requirements, and imposed school grading systems, in many cases using “model legislation” from their friends at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Tall tale signs

Thanks to the generosity of billionaires with names like Gates and Walton, not to mention a growing roster of hedge fund managers, the US is now home to an astonishing number of so-called education reform groups. But beneath the grandiose claims of standing for excellence and putting children and students first—not to mention the ubiquitous images of high achieving minority youngsters—lies a surprisingly lucrative agenda. Scratch the surface and you’ll find a whole lot of green behind the education reform movement—and it’s not grassroots.
Teach For America (TFA)
Parent Trigger
Democrats for Education Reform
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