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For model legislation crafted and adopted by the Education Task Force, go here.

Education Task Force:

Co-chairs

Connections Academy is a division of Connections Education LLC, a private school based in Baltimore, MD that offers free online public school through contracts with charter schools, school districts, or governmental entities. The contracted schools have a higher graduation rate than some online schools but still lower than traditional public schools.[4] Sylvan Ventures started Connections Academy in 2001. The company started its first schools in 2001, and in 2004, Connections Academy was sold to Apollo Management, L.P.[5] Apollo Management "has some $68 billion of assets under management, spread among its private equity, capital markets, and real estate segments. It specializes in buying distressed businesses and turning them around and has had some of its biggest successes investing during economic downturns," according to its Hoovers profile.[6]

  • Lisa Gillis (Director of Government Affairs and School Development for Insight Schools, Inc., now part of K12 Inc.[7]),[8] Private Sector Chair of the Education Task Force’s Special Needs Subcommittee[9]

Subcommittees

  • Special Needs Subcommittee[10]
  • Subcommittee on Science Fraud in the Classroom (or Subcommittee on Junk Science)[11]
  • Higher Education Subcommittee[12]
  • School Choice Subcommittee[13]
  • Working Group on Transparency (joint with the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force[14]
  • K-12 Education Reform Subcommittee[15]

Members

Corporate, Trade or Other Group Members

  • Alliance for School Choice[16]
  • American Principles Project (NEW as of 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting)[17]
  • Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU, formerly the Career College Association, the for-profit schools trade association)[16]
  • Bridgepoint Education (a for-profit education services holding company which owns for-profit, online and land-based Ashford University and University of the Rockies)[16]
  • Connections Academy[17]
  • Corinthian Colleges (owns and manages a collection of for-profit career-oriented colleges in the United States and Canada including Everest College and Everest University, Heald College and WyoTech)[16]
  • Dell, Inc. (NEW as of 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting)[17]
  • Foundation for Educational Excellence (NEW as of 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting)[17]
  • Freedom Foundation[16]
  • Heartland Institute, Member, K-12 Education Reform Subcommittee[17]
  • Higher Education Research / Policy Center[16]
  • Illinois Policy Institute[16]
  • Independence Institute[16]
  • Innosight Institute (in its own words, "a not-for-profit, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to apply Harvard Business School Professor Clayton M. Christensen’s theories of disruptive innovation to develop and promote solutions to the most vexing problems in the social sector"[18])[17]
  • Institute for Justice Arizona Chapter[16]
  • International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL, the online schools trade association)[16]
  • John Locke Foundation[16]
  • K12, Inc. (the nation's largest provider of online charter schools)[16]
  • Insight Schools, Inc. (now a division of K12)[16]
  • Kaplan Higher Education[16] (a for-profit education subsidiary of the Washington Post Company that announced in April 2012 it had cut ties to ALEC[19])
  • Lumina Foundation for Education[16]
  • National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), Member, K-12 Education Reform Subcommittee[17]
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)[17] - announced in April 2012 that it had "decided to discontinue engagement with ALEC"[20]
  • National Heritage Academies (a for-profit charter school management organization headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a collection of 67 charter schools in the eight states and a separate network of college preparatory high schools)[16]
  • Ohio University[16]
  • Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (NEW as of 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting)[17]
  • Oklahoma Policy Solutions[16]
  • Pacific Research Institute[16]
  • Scantron (for-profit educational testing and online tutoring company)[16]
  • State Policy Network (SPN, national network of state think tanks) Center for Education Excellence[16]
  • Step Up For Students/ Florida Education Freedom Foundation[16]
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform (NEW as of 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting), Member, K-12 Education Reform Subcommittee[17]
  • U.S. Chamber Campaign for Free Enterprise[16]
  • Washington Policy Center Center for Education Reform[21]
  • Wireless Generation (for-profit online education, software and testing corporation owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, whose executive vice president, Joel Klein, is the former New York City Schools Chancellor), a new member in 2012[22]

Politician Members

  • Nancy Spence (R-CO), Former Public Sector Chair[23]
  • Rep. Tyler August (R-32), Member
  • Rep. Sondra L. Erickson (R), Member
  • Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-36B), Member
  • Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-20), Member
  • Rep. Dean Knudson (R-30), Alternate
  • Rep. Howard Marklein (R-51), Member
  • Rep. Carol McFarlane (R-53B), Alternate
  • Sen. Gen Olson (R - 33), Member and former State Chair[24]
  • Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-52), Alternate
  • Rep. Evan Wynn (R-43), Alternate
  • Rep. Wes Keller (AK R-14)
  • Rep. Steve Court (AZ R-18, Majority Leader), Member
  • Rep. Chester Crandell (AZ R-5), Member
  • Rep. John Fillmore (AZ R-23), Member
  • Rep. Doris Goodale (AZ R-3), Member
  • Rep. Amanda A. Reeve (AZ R-6), Member
  • Sen. Rich Crandall (AZ R-19), Member[17]
  • Sen. Eddie Joe Williams (AR R-28), Member
  • Sen. Jimmy L. Jeffress (AR D-24), Member
  • Rep. Carole R. Murray (CO R-45), Member
  • Sen. Nancy Spence (CO R-27), former co-chair[25][26]
  • Sen. Keith C. King (CO R-12), Member
  • Rep. Gail Lavielle (CT R-143), Member
  • Rep. Michael Molgano (CT R-125), Member
  • Rep. Timothy LeGeyt (CT R-17), Member
  • Sen. Anitere Flores (FL R-38), Member
  • Rep. David S. Casas (GA R-103), Member
  • Rep. Howard R. Maxwell (GA R-17), Member
  • Rep. Jan Jones (GA R-46), Member
  • Rep. Mike Dudgeon (GA R-24), Member
  • Sen. Fran R. Millar (GA R-79), Member
  • Sen. Greg Goggans (GA R-7), Member
  • Rep. Scott C. Bedke (ID R-27A), Member
  • Rep. Bob P. Nonini (ID R-5), Member
  • Rep. Roger L. Eddy (IL R-109), Member
  • Rep. Jerry Lee Mitchell (IL R-90), Member
  • Sen. David Luechtefeld (IL R-58), Member
  • Rep. Cindy J. Noe (IN R-87), Member[17]
  • Rep. David Yarde, II (IN R-52), Member
  • Sen. Carlin J. Yoder (IN R-12), Member
  • Rep. Greg Forristall (IA R-98), Member
  • Rep. Mary Ann Hanusa (IA R-99), Member
  • Rep. Steve Huebert (KS R-90), Member
  • Rep. Terry Calloway (KS R-3), Member
  • Sen. Bob Marshall (KS R-13), Member
  • Rep. Jill York (KY R-96), Member
  • Rep. Addia K. Wuchner (KY R-66), Member
  • Rep. Brad Montell (KY R-58), Member
  • Sen. Kenneth W. Winters (KY R-1), Member
  • Sen. David P. Givens (KY R-9), Member
  • Sen. Vernie D. McGaha (KY R-15), Member
  • Rep. Frank Hoffmann (LA R-15)[27], Member
  • Rep. Joe Harrison; (LA R-51), Member
  • Rep. Walter Leger, III (LA D-91), Member
  • Sen. Ben Wayne Nevers, Sr. (LA D-12), Member
  • Sen. Brian D. Langley (ME R-28), Member
  • Del. Kathy Afzali (MD R-4A), Member
  • Rep. Sondra L. Erickson (MN R-16A), Member
  • Rep. Pat Garofalo (MN R-36B), Member
  • Rep. Carol McFarlane (MN R-53B), Alternate
  • Sen. Gen Olson (MN R - 33), former State Chair[28] and Education Task Force Member
  • Rep. Harvey A. Fillingane (MS R-101), Member
  • Rep. Noal Akins (MS R-12), Member
  • Rep. Herbert D. Frierson (MS R-106), Member
  • Rep. Scott Bounds (MS R-44), Member
  • Sen. Doug E. Davis (MS R-1), Member
  • Sen. Fredie Videt Carmichael (MS R-46), Member
  • Majority Floor Leader Timothy Jones (MO R-89), State Chairman[25][29], Member
  • Rep. Scott D. Dieckhaus (MO R-109), Member
  • Rep. Mike Kelley (MO R-126), Member
  • Sen. Jane D. Cunningham (MO R-7), Member
  • Rep. Dan D Skattum (MT R-62), Member
  • Rep. Mark W. Blasdel (MT R-10), Member
  • Sen. Pete Pirsch (NE 4), Member
  • Sen. John M. Wightman (NE 36), Member
  • Sen. Barbara Cegavske (NV R-8), ALEC State Chairman[30] and Education Task ForceMember
  • Sen. Don G. Gustavson (NV R-2), Member
  • Rep. Dan McGuire (NH R-8), Member
  • Rep. Kris Edward Roberts (NH D-3), Member
  • Rep. Will Smith (NH R-18), Member
  • Rep. Alonzo Baldonado (NM R-8), Member
  • Rep. Dennis Roch (NM R-67), Member
  • Sen. Mark L. Boitano (NM R-18), Member
  • Rep. Bryan R. Holloway (NC R-91), Alternate
  • Rep. Linda P. Johnson (NC R-83), Member
  • Sen. Donald Ray Vaughan (NC D-27), Member
  • Sen. Tom Apodaca (NC R-48), Member
  • Speaker David Monson (ND R-10)[25], Alternate
  • Rep. Lisa M. Meier (ND R-32), Member
  • Sen. Rich P. Wardner (ND R-37), Member
  • Rep. John A. Carey, Jr. (OH R-87), Alternate
  • Rep. Gerald L. Stebelton (OH R-5), Member
  • Rep. Kristina D. Roegner (OH R-42), Member
  • Rep. Marlene Anielski (OH R-17), Member
  • Rep. Jabar Shumate (D-73), Alternate
  • Rep. Sally R. Kern (OK R-84), Alternate
  • Rep. Ann Coody (OK R-64), Member
  • Rep. Lee R. Denney (OK R-33), Member
  • Sen. John W. Ford (OK R-29), State Chairman[31] and Education Task Force Member
  • Rep. Kathy L. Rapp (PA R-65), Member
  • Rep. Phillip D. Owens (SC R-5), Member
  • Rep. Jacqueline Sly (SD R-33), Member
  • Rep. Tad Perry (SD R-24), Member
  • Sen. Todd J. Schlekeway (SD R-11), Member
  • Rep. John D. Ragan (TN R-33), Alternate
  • Rep. Kevin D. Brooks (TN R-24), Alternate
  • Rep. Harry R. Brooks, Jr. (TN R-19), Member
  • Sen. Dolores R. Gresham (TN R-26), Alternate
  • Sen. Jim Tracy (TN R-16), Member
  • Rep. Rob Eissler (TX R-15), Member
  • Rep. Daniel H. Branch (TX R-108), Member
  • Rep. Geanie W. Morrison (TX R-30), Alternate
  • Rep. Diane Patrick (TX R-94), Alternate
  • Sen. Florence D. Shapiro (TX R-18), Member
  • Rep. Keith Grover (UT R-61), Member
  • Sen. Margaret Dayton (UT R-15), Member
  • Sen. Howard A. Stephenson (UT R-11), Member
  • Del. Robert Tata (VA R-85), Member
  • Del. Marvin Kirkland Cox (VA R-66), Member
  • Del. Mark L. Cole (VA R-88), Member
  • Del. R. Steven Landes (VA R-25), Alternate
  • Sen. Stephen D. Newman (VA R-23), Member
  • Rep. Kevin W. Van De Wege (WA D-24), Member
  • Rep. Kevin Parker (WA R-6), Member
  • Sen. Randi Becker (WA R-2), Member
  • Del. John Overington (WV R-55), Member
  • Rep. Tyler August (WI R-32), Member
  • Rep. Dean Knudson (WI R-30), Alternate
  • Rep. Howard Marklein (WI R-51), Member
  • Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (WI R-52), Alternate
  • Rep. Evan Wynn (WI R-43), Alternate
  • Sen. Glenn Grothman (WI R-20), Member

Other Named Individual Members

  • Rita Pin Ahrens (Policy Advisor, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and Alliance for Excellent Education) presented on "National Board's Turnaround Initiative to Grow Great Schools" at the Education Task Force Meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[17]
  • Stanton D. Anderson (Senior Counsel to the President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce[32]) issued remarks on the "Free Enterprise Education Act" model legislation at the Education Task Force meeting of the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[17]
  • Jonathan Butcher (Education Director, Goldwater Institute) introduced the "Comprehensive Legislative Package Opposing the Common Core State Standards Initiative" at the Education Task Force K-12 Education Reform Subcommittee Meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[17]
  • Robert Enlow (President and CEO, Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice), Former Private Sector Chair[33]
  • Liv Finne (Director, Washington Policy Center Center for Education)[34]
  • David Hansen (Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA)[35]) sponsored discussion and voting on the "Charter School Growth with Quality Act" at the Education Task Force Meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[17]
  • Michael Horn (co-founder and Executive Director, Education, Innosight Institute[36]) presented on "Disrupting Class" at the Education Task Force Meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[17]
  • Matthew Ladner (Vice President of Research, Goldwater Institute)[37]
  • Emmett McGroarty (Director of Preserve Innocence, American Principles Project) introduced the "Comprehensive Legislative Package Opposing the Common Core State Standards Initiative" at the Education Task Force K-12 Education Reform Subcommittee Meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[17]
  • Mark Oestreich (legislative specialist on education and telecommunications, Heartland Institute) sponsored discussion and voting on the "Taxpayers' Savings Grants Act" at the Education Task Force Meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[17]
  • Roberta Philips (U.S. Chamber of Commerce) sponsored discussion and voting on the "Free Enterprise Education Act" at the Education Task Force Meeting and introduced the "Free Enterprise Education Act" at the K-12 Education Reform Subcommittee Meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[17]
  • Dr. Judith Reisman, Science Advisor, Education Task Force Subcommittee on Science Fraud in the Classroom[38]
  • Bob Wise (Chairman, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and Alliance for Excellent Education) presented on "National Board's Turnaround Initiative to Grow Great Schools" at the Education Task Force Meeting at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[17]

2011 ALEC Annual Conference Substantive Agenda

From the 2011 ALEC Annual Conference Program: the Task Force voted on "several proposed bills and resolutions, with topics including: digital learning, the Common Core State Standards, charter schools, curriculum on free enterprise, taxpayers' savings grants, amendments to the existing model legislation on higher education accountability, and a comprehensive bill that incorporates many components of the landmark school reforms Indiana passed this legislative session. Attendees will hear a presentation on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards' initiative to grow great schools, as well as one on innovations in higher education."[39]

"Model" bills introduced at the meeting include:

  • Amendments to the "Higher Education Accountability Act" (sponsored by Dr. Hary Stille)
  • "Comprehensive Legislative Package Opposing the Common Core State Standards Initiative" (introduced but tabled) [40]
  • "Indiana Education Reform Package Act" (sponsored by Rep. Cindy Noe, Indiana)
  • "Resolution Adopting the 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning" (sponsored by Sen. Rich Crandall, Arizona)
  • "Charter School Growth with Quality Act" (sponsored by David Hansen, National Association of Charter School Authorizers)
  • "Taxpayers' Savings Grants Act" (sponsored by Marc Oestreich, The Heartland Institute)
  • "Free Enterprise Education Act" (sponsored by Roberta Philips, U.S. Chamber of Commerce)[17]

Staff

About ALEC

ALEC is corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. ALEC legislative leaders are tasked with a duty to get the bills introduced and passed; ALEC members introduce the bills in statehouses as their own brilliant ideas—without disclosing that corporations pre-voted on them with politicians behind closed doors at ALEC resort meetings. ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, and more than 20% become legally binding. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. It might be right. It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.


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