Imagine a state whose constitution contains an ironclad guarantee of uniform system of common schools, free and open to all. Imagine a state whose constitution flatly bans the funding of any sectarian schools. Call that state Indiana. How is it that Indiana is now awash in charters and vouchers, flatly contradicting the explicit language of the state constitution.

The answer lies with an organization called ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, which is funded generously by the Koch brothers, the DeVos family, and many of the nation’s largest corporations.

Three Professors at Ball State University—Michael Schaffer, Jeff Swenson, and John G. Ellis—published a very informative explanation about ALEC’s stealth attack on public education in Indiana, 

The cold and calculating destruction of public education in Indiana was not the result of democratic deliberation. It was planned and implemented by oligarchs and rightwing politicians, who betrayed their own communities.