Monday, April 9, 2012

ALEC targets public schools

Posted By on Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 6:17 AM

A good report here on Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's upending of the educational order with legislation to expand charter schools, expand private school vouchers and link teacher pay to test scores. Pay attention. The American Legislative Exchange Council — the thinly veiled and secretive corporate/Republican lobby funded by the Koch brothers and other wealthy corporatists — is behind the legislature tool-and-die making. ALEC is much beloved by Arkansas Republican legislators, who drew their legislative templates and even lobby visits from ALEC.

UPDATE: Here's a dishonor roll of Ark. legislators with ALEC ties.

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