On Saturday, Republic Report’s Zaid Jilani reported that the National Association of Charter School Authorizers was one of the many covert members of the American Legislative Exchange Council, the controversial front group that helps lobbyists ghostwrite state law. As Jilani noted, NACSA is funded in large part by taxpayer dollars:

NACSA is financed in part by school districts and state departments of education. Here are just a few of NACSA’s members that fall into this category: Denver Public Schools, Baltimore City Public Schools, Arkansas Department of Education, California Department of Education, and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

NACSA worked closely with ALEC to promote charter schools. As we’ve reported, ALEC legislation allows for-profit charter school companies to siphon tens of millions of taxpayer dollars. In many cases, the ALEC-authored legislation provides for unproven online school companies to administer the charter schools.

A few hours ago, NACSA released a statement announcing that it will exit ALEC:

Our work with ALEC has been focused entirely on promoting excellent charter schools. As part of our annual review processes, however, we determined that alternative strategies would be more effective in achieving these policy objectives. Thus we will not be renewing our membership in ALEC when it expires next month.

The move is just the latest in a long exodus from ALEC. Over two dozen legislators and many corporate members have left the organization since Republic Report and several other good government groups began publicizing ALEC’s role in crafting reckless legislation behind closed doors. ALEC has been linked to bills designed to enhance telecom monopolies, increase pollution, and steer taxpayer giveaways to big businesses.

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  • Jamie White

    Turn on the lights and the cockroaches run.

  • Matt

    So publish the whole list….

  • Avaritia

    Charter schools, Obama’s pet project. Whatever Bush couldn’t finish, this one has completed. And whatever Bush didn’t even dare get started, this one has started, will complete and then some. What a guy! With friends like him in the White House, who needs enemies?

    • Cyber Tracer

      I suggest you check the issues before making such allegations: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education . Charter Schools are included in the Presidents overall education initiative for the nation. It is ridiculous to claim that President Obama supports for-profit charter school companies to siphon tens of millions of taxpayer dollars. Uninformed voters will take your incorrect comments to the polls.////
      Dec 16, 2011 the obama Administration announced that nine states — Ca, De,Md, Ma, Mn, NC, Oh, RI and Washington — would receive grant awards from the $500 million Race to the Top-Early Learning challenge fund.////Oct 25, 2011, the Obama Administration announced a proposal to make managing student loan debt easier. Republicans refused the latest proposal, this week, to extend the current tax rate for student loans. Without the extension, student loan interest will double.////September 23, 2011, President Obama announced that his administration would provide relief from the No Child left Behind Act. The flexibility will help states move forward with education reforms that are based on rigorous college- and career-ready standards.////On August 8, 2011, President Obama directed Secretary Duncan to move forward with plans to provide flexibility to states who are looking for greater relief under the No Child Left Behind law.////
      The president propose to reform America’s public schools to deliver a 21st Century education that will prepare all children for success in the new global workplace.////The President believes that investment in education must be accompanied by reform and innovation. The President supports the expansion of high-quality charter schools. He has challenged States to lift limits that stifle growth among successful charter schools and has encouraged rigorous accountability for all charter schools.

      • Tillotson

        I suggest *you* Sir, check Obama’s actions before you go spewing your Obamabot crap all over the place even when the facts/actions do not back up your rhetoric. Do as I say as not as I do no longer fly. Obama has turned out to be worse and a bigger liar than Bush and that is a fact that anyone but one of this loyal and blind supporters can see.

        • Cyber Tracer

          I have all of the facts about President Obama’s “Actions”. Which action are you interested in? “Obamabot crap” does not ring a bell. Be more specific.

  • trentlanders

    Don’t dismiss ALEC just yet…they will be back…or should I say they will just pop up somewhere else because the ARE everywhere. There is not a Republican or Tea Party electee that does not answer to ALEC in ANY legislation they introduce. Just as the Repubs and Teabaggers signed Grover Norquist’s pledge without reservation or exception in exchange for campaign money contributions, these same bought and paid for politicians have a vested money interest in seeing that they succeed at ALL costs in up coming elections. Democrats are no better and lie with impunity. A third party is our only hope. Greed is more prevalent and powerful than most people’s long term recognition of their own survival and the survival of their children and grand children. Americans en masse are selling their future to the corporations that control us more and more. I am ever more convinced that Americans have become the laziest of braggers, content to rest on the laurels of their grand parents, parents and the rest of us that have worked our butts off not only to make our families successful and productive for the good of all, but for the continued success of our representative democracy and setting an example for the rest of the world. I think it may be time to move to Bolivia or Ecuador. You just can’t fix STUPID. All I can say is “if the shoe fits wear it or look forward to having it kicked up your caboose”

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