By Elsa Peterson Obuchowski
NORWALK, Conn. – It is no surprise that state Rep. Gail Lavielle proposed an amendment that would allow public schools to opt out of state mandates, and that she supports a bill that would allow public high schools to award credits based on mastery, not time.
Why no surprise? Lavielle is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The website of Parents United for Public Schools sums up ALEC’s education agenda: “to privatize education through charters, vouchers, watering down teacher certification, breaking teacher unions, increasing testing, discrediting public schools, and eroding local control.”
An Education Week article provides more details about ALEC’s education agenda. (Go here to read it.)
In this difficult economy, with America’s students falling behind other countries in proficiency for crucial subjects, we need to strengthen public education, not water it down.
Elsa Peterson Obuchowski