by Brian Washington
Public school activists rallied today in Washington, DC in support of workers’ rights, public education, and democracy and against the destructive, corporate agenda being promoted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
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The demonstration took place outside the Grand Hyatt hotel, where ALEC’s annual meeting is taking place. Education Votes recently reported that policies promoted by ALEC and its network of right-wing state lawmakers and corporate fat cats are driving more children into poverty.
However, ALEC is also responsible for promoting legislation that undermines middle-class families and cheats students out of the quality public education they deserve. ALEC-backed bills include legislation that would do the following:
- Privatize public education
- Disinvestment from public services
- Deny workers a voice on the job; and
- Disenfranchise communities of color.
ALEC’s annual meetings coincides with national reports that the organization is facing a funding crisis due to an exodus of major corporate donors and almost 400 conservative state lawmakers.