The American Legislative Exchange Council has descended upon Salt Lake City for its annual meeting, and the nonprofit that secretly feeds lawmakers biz-friendly bills is being harried by local activists at every stop. Thursday activists are picketing ALEC for efforts to dismantle public education.
Utah is no stranger to the voucher debate after the 2007 Legislature approved by one vote a voucher’s bill that was later rejected by Utah voters. Now, ALEC has come to town, and with the conservative nonprofit come plenty of businesses eager to see voucher efforts make a comeback.
The Nation reported how ALEC has pushed voucher programs in numerous states across the country, including Utah, going back to 2007, oftentimes to the detriment of special-needs students, such as students with disabilities. One report suggests that as recently as this spring, ALEC bills blitzed through the Louisiana Legislature, expanding charter-school authority, beefing up voucher programs and changing teacher-tenure policies.
If you’ve got concerns about corporations developing secretive education-related bills, then join the rally Thursday outside of an ALEC reception at the Utah Museum of Natural History.
Speak up and speak out, Thursday, July 26, from 6:30-8 p.m at the Utah Museum of Natural History, 301 Wakara Way