ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, is the key organization today in education reform.

Forget party labels. ALEC–funded by big corporations and enrolling some 2,000 state legislators–is calling the shots on charter schools, vouchers, right-to-work legislation, online charter schools, and many other topics that are at the forefront of “reform” in such far-right states as Louisiana, Tennessee, Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan, and many others.

ALEC had a p.r. problem a year ago when a black teenager, Trayvon Martin, was shot and killed in Florida by a man who used the ALEC legislation “stand your ground” as his defense. The publicity was so intense and negative that many corporations dropped their sponsorship. But most did not.

If you want to peek inside their closed doors, read this comment from an informed observer:

ALEC has finally named a private chair to their Education Task Force, Jonathan Butcher from the Goldwater Institute.  He replaces Mickey Revenaugh, VP of Connections who resigned about a year ago after the company was acquired by Pearson.  Rep Greg Forristall from Iowa was appointed several months ago as the public chair, succeeding Rep David Casas from Georgia.
Current Members of the Education Task force are not listed on the ALEC site.  A number of corporations have dropped or not renewed their ALEC membership as well as legislators.
 
The next task force summit is May 2-3 in Oklahoma City.
http://www.alec.org/meetings/spring-task-force-summit-2013/
The annual meeting will be in Chicago Aug 7-9.
http://www.alec.org/meetings/annual-meeting/
The list of state chairmen may be out of date as a Texas legislator is listed who retired at the close of the last lege session.
http://www.alec.org/about-alec/state-chairmen/
Sources for information on ALEC include Center for Media and Democracy, ALEC Exposed and People for the American Way.
http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed
http://www.pfaw.org/category/organizations/american-legislative-exchange-council
 
This month, ALEC announced for the first time they are publicly releasing some of their model legislation.
http://www.prwatch.org/news/2013/03/12024/alec-corporate-bill-mill-posts-some-model-bills-online-first-time-watchdogs-say-m

 
http://www.alec.org/task-forces/education/
ALEC – American Legislative Exchange Council
Education

Chairs

Public Chair: Rep. Greg Forristall, Iowa
Private Chair: Jonathan Butcher, Goldwater Institute

Staff

Lindsay Russell, Director
Ed Walton, Legislative Analyst

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The mission of ALEC’s Education Task Force is to promote excellence in the nation’s educational system, to advance reforms through parental choice, to support efficiency, accountability, and transparency in all educational institutions, and to ensure America’s youth are given the opportunity to succeed.
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