Why is State Farm Involved in Education Policy? Conservative Think Tank Exposes ALEC as Exchange of

Brendan Fischer — November 30, 2012 – 8:54am Topics: Corporations, Education, Politics – Projects: ALEC Exposed

A press release from a conservative think tank criticizing the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) provides crucial insight into how the organization works — and helps illustrate that ALEC does not facilitate an exchange of “practical, state-level public policy issues,” but instead sells policy and access to the highest bidder. The release documents how the “exchange” that happens at ALEC more closely resembles a stock exchange rather than a marketplace of ideas.

The Massachussets-based Pioneer Institute issued a press release on November 29 criticizing ALEC for refusing to adopt a resolution opposing the federal K-12 educational curriculum standards known as “Common Core.” The Pioneer Institute and others on the right oppose Common Core because they believe that creating national standards for math and English limits state control over the educational system. “The model law [opposing the standards] is in furtherance of preserving federalism, supposedly one of ALEC’s founding principles,” said Emmett McGroarty of American Principles Project, one of the model’s sponsors and its original drafter.