“If we’re not careful we will end up with a full generation of secular humanists, of multiculturalists– with kids who don’t know real American values.” – ALEC Education Task Force Member Cindy Noe at a secret ALEC meeting.
ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, is a secretive group that has only recently come to the public’s attention. At lavish conferences, corporations get a “voice and a vote” on proposed model bills, which are then taken back by state politicians to their home states to be passed into law. The secretive group has been slammed for pushing controversial bills, such as Stand Your Ground. ALEC is now seen as so toxic there has been an exodus of over 100 corporate and non-profit members.
David Hansen, the person in charge of overseeing the expansion of charter schools in Ohio, was an ALEC member. He was on ALEC’s Education Task Force for several years, when he worked for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. The Task Force has pushed for many controversial bills, including some to:
- Fund public virtual schools at the same per pupil rate as brick-and-mortar schools, despite their lower operating costs, with the extra money going as profits to corporations.
- Increase the use of vouchers and tuition tax credits that sap money from public schools.
- Require the teaching of anti-scientific, pro-corporate information about climate change.
- Limit college professors’ ability to engage in open and honest discussion.
- Roll back the collective bargaining rights of teachers.
Did Hansen vote for any of these measures?
Does his agree with his former colleague that we should be in fear of our education system turning out “multiculturalists”?
What other secrets are out there about Hansen and his time at ALEC?