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LeFevre, & Lips, 2010, p. 82) to be carried outthrough model legislation such as AlternativeCertication Act, Great Teachers and Lead-ers Act, National Teacher Certication Fair-ness Act, Public School Union Release Time Act, School Collective Bargaining AgreementSunshine Act, and Teacher Choice Compensa-tion Act. There’s also a set o proposals (Pub-lic School Financial Transparency Act; SchoolBoard Freedom to Contract Act) that encour-age school districts to outsource their auxiliary services.
Privatize education through vouchers, char-ters, and tax incentives
(Ladner, LeFevre, &Lips, 2010, p. 87) to be carried out through modellegislation such as Foster Child ScholarshipProgram Act, Great Schools Tax Credit, Mili-tary Family Scholarship Program Act, ParentalChoice Scholarship Accountability Act, Paren-tal Choice Scholarship Program Act (means-tested eligibility), Parental Choice ScholarshipProgram Act (universal eligibility), ParentalChoice Scholarship Program Act (universaleligibility, means-tested scholarship amount),Parental Choice Scholarship Tax Credit Ac-countability Act, Education Enterprise Zone Act, Smart Start Scholarship Program, SpecialNeeds Scholarship Program Act, Family Educa-tion Savings Account Act, Parental Rights Act,Resolution Supporting Private Scholarship TaxCredits, Autism Scholarship Program Act, andFamily Education Tax Credit Program Act.
Increase student testing and reporting
(Lad-ner, LeFevre, & Lips, 2010, p. 93) to be carriedout through model legislation such as Resolu-tion Supporting the Principles o No Child LetBehind Act, Student Right to Learn Act, Educa-tion Accountability Act, Longitudinal StudentGrowth Act, One to One Reading Improvement Act, and Resolution on Nonveried ScienceCurriculum Funding.
Reduce the inuence of or eliminate localschool districts and school boards
(Ladner,LeFevre, & Lips, 2010, p. 96) to be carriedout through model legislation such as CharterSchools Act, Innovation Schools and SchoolDistricts Act, Open Enrollment Act, VirtualPublic Schools Act, and Next Generation Char-ter Schools Act.
ALEC’s special interest in privatization
While ALEC’s orays into education policy arebroad, privatization o public education has beena long-standing ALEC objective. As early as 1985,on June 16, 2011. Shortly thereater, K-12 Inc. —one o the creators o the model legislation — won ano-bid contract rom Union County School Districtto create the Tennessee Virtual Academy and will re-ceive about $5,300 per student rom the state or the2011-12 school year (Humphrey, 2011). Connec-tions Academy does not yet oer a virtual school in Tennessee, but its web site reports that it “is actively working with parent groups, education ocials, andothers to launch a school in this state.”The
Chattanooga Times Free Press
(Sept. 2, 2011)reported that about 2,000 students applied or en-rollment in the Tennessee Virtual Academy or all2011. Recent reports raise concerns that the pro-gram’s popularity with home schoolers may “draintaxpayer unds” while enriching the corporation ac-tively and aggressively recruiting students to enroll(Locker, 2011). Locker also reports that “K-12 Inc.compensated its CEO more than $2.6 million last year, its chie nancial ocer more than $1.7 million,and other top executives several hundred thousanddollars each, according to its latest annual report toshareholders.”
ALEC on education
ALEC’s success in Tennessee is by no means itsonly incursion into state education policy. ALEC’sinterest in education is ambitious and multiaceted,and includes promoting dozens o model acts toits legislative members (Ladner, LeFevre, & Lips,2010). Proposed bills seek to infuence teacher cer-tication, teacher evaluation, collective bargaining,curriculum, unding, special education, student as-sessment, and numerous other education and edu-cation-related issues. Common throughout the billsare proposals to decrease local control o schools by democratically elected school boards while increas-ing access to all acets o education by private enti-ties and corporations. ALEC’s outlined agenda is to:
Introduce market factors into schools, par-ticularly the teaching profession
Common throughout the bills are proposalsto decrease local control of schools bydemocratically elected school boards whileincreasing access to all facets of educationto private entities and corporations.