Tag Archives | ALEC

The Secret Group That Wants to Take Over Your School

Sarah Lahm, The Progressive, May 27, 2015      This article appears in the current issue of our magazine. Subscribe to read the full issue online. Don’t look now, but there’s something creepy coming toward you, and it wants to take over your public school system. Sure, it’s connected—through all-important grants—to many of the big names in today’s education […]

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Why are TFA and a California billionaire investing in Minnesota school board race?

Valerie Strauss, Washington Post’s “Answer Sheet,” October 9, 2014 For several years now local school board races around the country have attracted big money from outside the state — and sometimes from across the country — as school reformers and their supporters seek to elect like-minded public officials. In 2013, for example, millions of dollars […]

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Some state lawmakers push back against new common core standards for reading, writing and math

Heather Hollingsworth, Associated Press, Star Tribune, May 28, 2013 – KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Some states are pushing back against a set of uniform benchmarks for reading, writing and math that have been fully adopted in most states and are being widely put in place this school year. The new Common Core standards replace a hodgepodge of […]

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117 ALEC Members Voted Out in 2012

Rebekah Wilce, PRWatch, November 20, 2012 – In primary and general elections in 2012 and recall elections in 2011 and 2012, a total of 117 members and alumni of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) were voted out of office, according to research and analysis by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), ColorOfChange, and others. Arizona Down […]

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Walmart quits ALEC

Joan McCarter, Daily Kos staff, May 31, 2012 – Ouch. For the American Legislative Council (ALEC), that is. (Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world’s No. 1 retailer and the biggest seller of firearms in the United States, is dropping out of a U.S. conservative advocacy group that has been a lightning rod over voting and […]

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Tracking a bill toward becoming law: the graduate edition

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, May 31, 2012 – ♫ Well, now I’m stuck in committee// And I’ll sit here and wait ♫ As a kid, I was a big fan of “Schoolhouse Rock.” You know, those animated shorts that aired during afternoon television that set social studies factoids, math equations and grammar rules to music. Cartoon […]

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Minnesota’s Scantron becomes latest ed-related firm to quit ALEC

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, May 29, 2012 – Last week, Minnesota-based Scantron became the 15th corporation to cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in recent weeks. Headquartered in Eagan, the $200 million testing and online education provider is best known for creating and scoring the fill-in-the-bubble test answer forms that are the springtime bane of school children pretty […]

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How ALEC Gets Real Tax Dollars for Fake Schools

Jason Stanford, Huffington Post, May 29, 2012 – A recent question on a standardized test in New York State seemed to set the bar for stupidity in education reform. Schoolchildren were asked to imagine a race between a talking pineapple and a rabbit and were asked why the spectators ate the pineapple and which animal was the […]

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ALEC in Wisconsin: The Hijacking of a State

Mary Bottari, PR Watch, May 21, 2012 – Governor Scott WalkerWisconsinites were shell shocked in 2011 by a wide-ranging legislative agenda in their State Capitol that seemed to come out of the blue. Anti-consumer bills, union busting legislation, voter ID, enormous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy along with requirements for “super majority” votes […]

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Public Money Finds Back Door to Private Schools

Stephanie Saul, New York Times, May 21, 2012 – Niko J. Kallianiotis for The New York Times THE MONEY FINDS A HOME  Hadyn Packer, 8, at a check presentation at St. John Neumann Regional, a Catholic school in Williamsport, Pa. When the Georgia legislature passed a private school scholarship program in 2008, lawmakers promoted it […]

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