Posted 10 years ago on Feb. 27, 2012, 8:31 a.m. EST by GirlFriday
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Underwood and Mead write that this "motivation for dismantling the public education system -- creating a system where schools do not provide for everyone -- is ideological and motivated by profit." Underwood and Mead add that "champions of public education have a new set of questions to ask whenever legislation is introduced: "Is the sponsor a member of ALEC? "Does the bill borrow from ALEC model legislation? "What corporations had a hand in drafting the legislation? "What interests would benefit or even profit from its passage?" No matter what one thinks of ALEC's policies, the authors contend ALEC provides corporations with unprecedented access to, and power over, state legislators. "It's interesting to me that (ALEC) has managed to stay below the radar and secretive for many, many years," Underwood said in a phone conversation. "It piques my curiosity. Why have they worked so hard to be secretive all of these years?"