Saturday, April 7, 2012

Who's Really Behind Education Reform?

Julie Underwood on ALEC & Education

Julie Underwood, the Dean of the UW-Madison School of Education, discusses ALEC's school privatization agenda.

Privatizing Public Education, Higher Ed Policy, and Teachers from ALEC Exposed
  • Indiana Rep. Cindy J. Noe (R-87)[17], ALEC Education Task Force Member, spoke on "Enacting a Comprehensive K-12 Education Reform Agenda" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting on August 3, 2011
  • Featured speakers have included: Milton Friedman, Newt Gingrich, Dick Cheney, Dan Quayle, George Allen, Jessie Helms, Pete Coors, Governor Mitch Daniels


  1. A smart ALEC threatens public education

    Julie Underwood and
    Julie F. Mead
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Public education has historically been in the public and political eye. Then came 2011 and the high profile and well televised protests in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana. In each case Republican Governors and Republican controlled state legislatures had introduced substantially similar bills that sought sweeping changes to each state’s collective bargaining statutes and various school funding provisions. What was going on? How could elected officials in multiple states suddenly introduce such similar legislation? The answer: The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which has become a very efficient mechanism for corporations to exercise political power — and they have.

  2. Karen Francisco at the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has written several pieces on ALEC in Indiana. You can find one here:

    I wrote a short one, too, on ALEC and the Parent Trigger in Indiana, California, and Florida, which you can find here: