Great explanation of How ALEC “lobbies” but claims it is a 501(c)(3) educational institutionPosted: May 5, 2012
This is a copy of the article. I also urge you to visit the link to the event. There, in the agenda you will find the following.
“11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m.Newcomer Orientation
Steven Moore, executive director, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust”
Check out Steven Moore. Here is a video of him as he defends ALEC. http://www.nasdaq.com/video/video.aspx?vid=Steve-Moore-on-the-Left-Wing-Assault-on-ALEC-517338016
ALEC and Education in Mn.
Last year, a Koch brother, DeVos Rep., all of the online education companies, exec.’s, the Gates Foundation, Federalist Society, Heritage, etc. met at a “Philanthropy Roundtable”. Here is a link to the event: http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/topic/events/2011_annual_meeting_a…. Interesting reading to see their plans for this year (and maybe beyond) regarding education initiatives.
Earlier this year they met secretly – no media and no public invited or allowed – at a plush resort on Amelia Island, Florida to firm up their agenda on education. FL. Lawmakers were invited:
“You are cordially invited to attend ALECs K12 Education Reform Academy, February 24, 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida. For invited legislators like you, ALEC will cover your room for up to two nights at the host hotel. ALEC will also reimburse up to $500 for travel expenses, which includes coach airfare, cabfare, and a reimbursement of 55.5 cents per mile driven.
“This event will address the top reforms in K12 education that ALEC believes each state must have to ensure the successful and productive education for all American students. We will discuss what you as a state legislator can do to address a variety of issues surrounding K¬12 education reform, including charter schools accessibility, accountability and transparency, standards for teacher excellence, open enrollment, vouchers, tax credits, and blended learning options.”
ALEC doesn’t lobby, but they can pay travel, room costs, taxi, cabfare, etc. in order to get lawmakers to the “Academy” sponsored by them to discuss ALEX’s education model legislation. The online course requirements have already been introduced and passed in several states, requiring students to take one (or two depending on state) online courses in order to graduate. No online course – no diploma. Sinking to the level of forcing our youths to participate or lose their ability to graduate. What a great bunch ALEC and their corporate “Buds” have turned out to be.
Look out MN….and elsewhere…they ARE coming for your children’s education”