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Jerry P. Becker

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ALEC's Hilarious Report Card on The States
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From Diane Ravitch's blog - A site to discuss better education for
all, Monday, July 24, 2017. SEE
ALEC's Hilarious Report Card on The States

By Diane Ravitch

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!

The ALEC report card is the direct opposite of the Network for Public
Education report card, which graded states in relation to their
support for public schools. ALEC's #1 state, Arizona, received an F.
ALEC's #51 state, Nebraska, came in second in the nation. [SEE

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

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