ALEC is the fringe-right American Legislative Exchange Council, which advocates for school privatization and elimination of unions, due process, and the teaching profession. Its hero is Betsy DeVos, who is working daily to bring ALEC's extremist agenda into the mainstream.
ALEC publishes an annual report card on education, evaluating the states not by test scores or quality of education or results, but by the degree to which they have privatized their public schools and diverted funding to nonpublic schools.
The world according to ALEC is upside down.
The number 1 state is Arizona, even though it has low scores on NAEP and a very low high school graduation rate.
The number 2 is Florida, also with an abysmal graduation rate.
Number 3 is Indiana, where privatization reigns supreme, and spending is low.
The District of Columbia, one of the lowest performing districts in the nation, with the biggest achievement gaps, ranks number 6.
Far behind D.C. and other contenders is Massachusetts, with the nation's highest test scores and a graduation rate of 89%.
Why, according to ALEC, the state of Alabama and the District of Columbia are far, far better than Massachusetts.
And even funnier, ALEC says the worst state in the nation is Nebraska. It has no charter schools, no vouchers. It has a graduation rate of 94%. Just awful!
What a hoot! ************************************** -- Jerry P. Becker Department of Curriculum & Instruction College of Education and Human Services Southern Illinois University Carbondale 625 Wham Drive / MC 4610 Carbondale, Illinois 62901