School is out, but the fight to preserve public education continues – NPE Action

Newsletter with stories about ALEC, the Democratic Platform, ESSA and introducing NPE’s Grassroots Education Network


The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has a clear agenda when it comes to public schools—it wants them privatized. ALEC is a Washington D.C. lobbying group funded by corporations and the super-rich, which writes model legislation that promotes private company takeovers of public schools, school vouchers, constriction of collective bargaining and due process for teachers, teacher evaluations based on test scores and other anti-public school bills.

The Center for Media and Democracy outlined the ALEC agenda here. ALEC will hold its annual meeting July 27 – 29 in Indianapolis. The damage done by ALEC sponsored legislation in Indiana is nearly irreparable. Join the Indiana State Teachers Association and other public education advocates in Indianapolis to rally against ALEC.

Where: Indiana State Museum, 650 W Washington St. Indianapolis, Indiana

When: July 27: 3:30-5:30

You can find additional information here



Last month, NPE Action issued a petition to the Democratic Party that described, in detail, what the party’s platform should contain. You can read that petition here. Many of you, along with 47 pro-public education grassroots groups, signed on. Thanks to the efforts of Chuck Pascal, Troy LaRaviere and others, parts of our petition made it into the platform via amendments. You can find those amendments here. Search for the amendments proposed by Chuck and Troy.

Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) were not pleased. You can read here about their dismay with the significant changes in the language. NPE Action sent a similar petition to the Republican Party, which you can read here.

Source: School is out, but the fight to preserve public education continues – NPE Action

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