Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Beware motives of education reform


Perhaps you haven’t heard that ALEC has come to Idaho. The American Legislative Executive Council claims to be a nonprofit charity with one of its missions to “improve education.” But don’t be fooled. This national organization of businesses and legislators brought us the Luna laws of 2012. Its interest is in influencing our legislators to pass laws to benefit corporations—for example, for out-of-state businesses to sell computers to Idaho schools.

And “improving our schools” is only one of ALEC’s goals. ALEC brings model legislation in nine subject areas to selected states. Its stated goals sound admirable. But please take a minute to Google ALEC and read about the corporate power and money behind this organization.

Carol Wiens

Boise




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