August 15, 2013 11:55 am

ALEC Wants to Privatize Our Schools

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alecOn August 8th, the Chicago Teachers Union will be leading a protest against the American Legislative Exchange Council. The CTU estimates that ALEC has helped create hundreds of policies that aim to protect corporations and ultimately harm middle class families. In 2013 alone, ALEC supported 139 bills for privatizing public education and 104 bills that diminish public sector unions and collective bargaining.

Hundreds of ALEC’s proposed bills have been turned into legislation through the wealth and influence of Charles and David Koch. Through ALEC, the Kochs have been able to turn their free-market fundamentalism into legislation in every state in the country.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) 40th Anniversary Conference will be taking place in Chicago August 7-9. The conference is being held at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, 17 East Monroe, Chicago, IL 60603. The CTU will protest outside the conference on August 8th at noon, and invites all friends of public education to join them. To sign up for the protest, please click here.

For more information on the corporations and legislation supported by ALEC, please visit We also invite you to read Diane’s blog posts about ALEC.