In a recent commentary professor Julie Underwood writes about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an influential national network that’s pushing an agenda to shrink government, privatize schools, and promote business interests. The article outlines ALEC’s legislative impact in Wisconsin and why pubic school supporters should be concerned.
Underwood is the dean of the School of Education at the University of Madison. The article, "School boards beware," appears in the May edition of the Wisconsin School News published by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards.
According to Underwood, the stated and published goal of ALEC is to eliminate school districts and school boards. Even more shocking is the idea the group has to make every school, public and private, independent through vouchers for all students.
"Personally, I believe there is a purpose for public schools and the local public oversight necessary to support and guide them," Underwood said.
"Public education was created to serve the needs...