State Representative Chris Taylor, a Democrat from Madison, just got back from another American Legislative Exchange Council conference, and concluded: “The issue of the moment for ALEC is public education — that is, undermining it.”
It’s unusual for a Democrat to attend an ALEC conference, but Taylor has been doing so for years, “to see for myself how this right-wing group crafts model legislation to advance the interests of its corporate and ideological funders,” she writes in a Progressive Magazine column.
“ALEC members are foaming at the mouth for the now-endless opportunities to further privatize public schools, long a central goal,” she writes, noting that the keynote speaker was U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who focused her remarks on expanding school privatization efforts.
“For ALEC, it is all about tearing down our public-school infrastructure so corporate privatization efforts can move in and make a buck.
“What you never hear at ALEC is any discussion about improving public education. There is never a mention of smaller class sizes, community schools, or recruiting and retaining a diverse pool of the best and brightest teachers.”
Read her entire column in The Progressive:
I arrived earlier this month to the forty-fourth annual conference of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in Denver to the best possible greeting-scores of protesters marching around the host hotel. Yellow tape and police barricades blocked all visible entrances. I joined the protesters for a while before I ducked under some yellow tape and entered the hotel.