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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Did TommyThompson (and now Walker) use -> ALEC Exposed: Starving Public Schools


ALEC Exposed: Starving Public Schools

Ohanian Comment: Entities such as The Nation have lots of expenses. The article I'm posting below happens to be "for subscribers only." So think about that as you read it, please, and think about supporting The Nation by subscribing. We don't have many "progressives" left, and even though they don't always qualify, they're about as close as we can get.

Also Note: This article is part of a Nation series exposing the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), in collaboration with the Center For Media and Democracy. John Nichols introduces the series.

Third Note: ALEC stands for American Legislative Exchange Council. Put "American Legislative" into a search on this site. I've been following them for years.

Julie Underwood, JD, PhD, is dean of the School of Education and a professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was previously the general counsel of the National School Boards Association. The opinions are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of the University of Wisconsin.

by Julie Underwood

... The first large-scale voucher program, the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, was enacted in 1990 following the rubric ALEC provided in 1985. It was championed by then-Governor Tommy Thompson, an early ALEC member, who once said he “loved” ALEC meetings, "because I always found new ideas, and then I'd take them back to Wisconsin, disguise them a little bit, and declare [they were] mine."

WI 1848 Forward:Did #TommyThompson use -> #ALEC Exposed: Starving #PublicSchools #Walker continues tradition #WIUnion

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