The Blog at CTA

Smart ALECs or Wise Guys? Either Way, They Pose a Threat to Public Education

A syndicate of self-styled rich, smart guys has in mind killing off public education, public pension systems, and public and private unions.

CTA and its labor allies are hard at work trying to keep this group, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), from gaining a foothold in California. ALEC is an organization funded by corporate entities to formulate anti-union and anti-public education proposals into language that would become state legislation.

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Right-wing Group Spawns "Jeffersonian Project" to Sidestep Non-profit Restrictions

That loud whirring sound you’re hearing is Thomas Jefferson, the founding father and fierce champion of Democracy, spinning in his grave at the news the radical right-wing group – the American Legislative Exchange Council (or ALEC) – has created a code-named “Jeffersonian Project” designed to let it skirt restrictions on political giving that come with its status as a 401(c)3 “charitable organization.”

ALEC, a collection of business organizations, other deep-pocket political givers, and radical right politicians, has a clear agenda – privatizing public schools, corporatizing government functions and outsourcing them to the private sector, and gagging the voices of working women and men by gutting their unions and killing off their union rights.

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