Walmart, ALEC unite on another school 'reform' bill | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Walmart, ALEC unite on another school 'reform' bill

Posted By on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 8:35 AM

TRIGGER LAWS: Theyre promoted by new film being pushed by Walmart.
  • 'TRIGGER LAWS': They're promoted by new film being pushed by Walmart.
There's an Arkansas angle in this story about Walmart's promotion of a new ideological film, "Won't Back Down," aimed at supporting "trigger laws" that give school parents a vote to convert a conventional public school (preferably one with a union workforce) into a non-union charter school. The movie is misleading. It suggests a majority vote of teachers is also needed for school conversion. That's not what the existing laws provide.

The legislation is being doled out at cookie-cutting sessions by the American Legislative Exchange Council, the go-to Koch lobby for Arkansas Republican legislators in need of corporate movement bills. Conservative billionaire Philip Anschutz is also promoting the movie.

Walmart, in Arkansas alone, finances wholly or in part an anti-union lobby group, a similarly inclined nonprofit, a nonprofit that provides advice to charter schools, a new "reform" lobby headed by a former Chamber of Commerce executive who doesn't like the Little Rock School District, charter schools and most of the key members of legislative education committees. 2013, many think, will be the year it moves to take over the direction of education in Arkansas. (Oh, and I forgot to mention the Walton-financed (with an assist from the equally conservative Windgate Foundation) Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas which churns out a steady diet of corporate movement education tracts, and whose financial arrangements the UA refuses to fully reveal despite the state Freedom of Information Act.)

Walmart's hostility to unions and collective bargaining is well-known so its support for a message in favor of stripping teachers of that is not surprising. From Hollywood to a school district near you.

Related Tweet: "The 6 heirs of the Walton family have a combined net worth greater than bottom 1/3 of America." Did they build that?

Tags: , , , , , ,


Comments (12)

Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Stu Soffer off state Election Commission

    Chris Burks, attorney for the Arkansas Democratic Party, says Jefferson Circuit Judge Phillip Green ruled today that Stu Soffer, a White Hall Republican, couldn't serve on both the Jefferson County and state election commissions.
    • Mar 23, 2018
  • State will appeal Griffen decision on medical marijuana permits

    The state of Arkansas served notice today that it would ask the Arkansas Supreme Court to review Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen's order this declaring the award of five medical marijuana cultivation permits null and void.
    • Mar 23, 2018
  • Thank goodness: Friday

    The open line and today's video headlines.
    • Mar 23, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

Most Viewed

  • March for Our Lives includes Arkansas events

    They're predicting one of the largest marches ever Saturday in Washington, the March For Our Lives against gun violence. Sibling marches, hundreds of them, are planned around the country, including Bentonville and Little Rock.
  • Missing State Hospital patient provided contraband

    Several news outlets, including the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, have reported that missing State Hospital patient Cory Chapin had been provided contraband — including a cell phone and vaping device — and that a psychological examiner he left with, Michelle Messer, had been questioned about it.This confirms a telephone report we received from another hospital patient who reported on this and other favors Chapin had bragged about.

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Stu Soffer off state Election Commission

    • Name calling is unbecoming. It detracts from civil discourse. Discourse doesn't always have to be…

    • on March 23, 2018
  • Re: Thank goodness: Friday

    • Happy Birthday, Silver. Here's to aging well along a continuing orbital path.

    • on March 23, 2018
  • Re: Thank goodness: Friday

    • Jim Carrey's latest painting. Jim Carrey gives us an eyeful with new Trump painting……

    • on March 23, 2018

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation