Julie Underwood, dean of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is giving everyone a heads-up about the American Legislative Exchange Council’s national network of corporate members and conservative legislators. They are “pro-free market” and would love to privatize education… and everything else, for that matter.
It’s an organization of state legislators that favors federalism and conservative public policy solutions. They literally write legislation for Republican Congress members, who then do whatever they can to pass it. The Nation:
Of all the Kochs’ investments in right-wing organizations, ALEC provides some of the best returns: it gives the Kochs a way to make their brand of free-market fundamentalism legally binding.
Our previous posts on this vile group can be found here (scroll).
Per the Cap Times, Underwood said this:
“The ALEC goal to eliminate school districts and school boards is a bit shocking — but the idea is to make every school, public and private, independent through vouchers for all students. By providing all funding to parents rather than school districts, there is no need for local coordination, control or oversight,” she writes in the magazine of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards.
And we’ve all seen how well a lack of oversight works.
As Underwood put it, when ALEC threatens public education, they threaten every child who wants to “become an active citizen, capable of participating in our democratic process.”
ALEC dictates legislation and Republicans call that democracy while calling President Obama a dictator.