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This is an interesting report.  You can look up your state to learn how ALEC.org ranks it.  At a glance, most States rank poorly overall according to ALEC.org

For those of you unfamilair with ALEC, click here ALEC Exposed

http://www.alecexposed.org/...

Through the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, global corporations and state politicians vote behind closed doors to try to rewrite state laws that govern your rights. These so-called "model bills" reach into almost every area of American life and often directly benefit huge corporations.

In ALEC's own words, corporations have "a VOICE and a VOTE" on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state. DO YOU?

There is a lot of money in education and ALEC has been there to make sure the purveyors of for-profit education gets it's fair share.

There is a dirth of reporting.  Google search

ALEC.org "Charter Schools"
ALEC.org Vouchers
ALEC.org Education

I think ALEC.org's new push is Digial Learning, or so it would seem based on this ALEC.org Report Card for education, listed state by state.

I found this interesting and wanted to share this with those here interested in education:

ALEC Report Card, D- on American Education

ALEC.org is a tough grader.

So, how does ALEC think you school is doing?

Does the ALEC report, highly flavored in negative scores, have an agenda?  

I think so.  It ends with

Raising Academic Quality for All Students by Customizing Education with Digital Learning

Apparently, virtual schools are wide-spread according to the ALEC's report:

Statewide Virtual Schools. Statewide virtual schools currently exist in 39 states...

Full-Time Online Schools. Another growing form of virtual education is full-time online schools, where students learn almost entirely from home without attending a traditional brick-and-mortar school. According to the Evergreen Education Group, 27 states and Washington, D.C., offer full-time online schools.  Approximately 200,000 students are now enrolled in these full-time virtual schools.

Blended-Learning Schools. According to the Innosight Institute, most of the growth occurring in the online learning sector is through blended-learning like at Carpe Diem Academy in Yuma, Arizona. The innosight institute defines blended-learning as: “any time a student learns at least part at a supervised brick-and- mortar location away from home and at least in part through online delivery with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace.”

Some states are REQUIRING STUDENTS to take at least one on-line class, sending $$ to the investors of the Virtual Schools.  What a team:  States + Private Companies = $$ out of the pockets of students/parents.

Click here to see a List of Virtual Schools

I checked Utah - Trailblazers Open High School of Utah - Fees

Can you smell the money?  Investors sure did.

This 2011 article from The Nation provides the details of this money making push, whose involved, and how former Governor Crist tried to stop it.  Rick Scott is a virtual education champion, no surprise.

How Online Learning Companies Bought America's Schools

The Nation also produced this Virtual Education Interactive Map to help you see the penetration of virtual education as of the fall of 2011.

So, what happens when a child doesn't have the money?  

My granddaughter's fees were over $400 this year for normal high school, plus the costs to be on drill team.  I guess lower income kids just get LEFT BEHIND!  

I never heard of fees for high school and extra-curricular activities until I moved to Utah from Massachusetts.  Doesn't this create class (no pun) division within high schools?

The Virtual Learning Dream will be replacing real teachers with Avatars.  The question I have is what will the Avatars create?  Well educated kids?  Kids with great social skills?

And, of course, Bill and Melinda Gates love this virtual school idea, too.

Your thoughts.

Originally posted to War on Error on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 08:23 AM PST.

Also republished by American Legislative Transparency Project.

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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 08:23:03 AM PST

  •  home schooling ala ALEC....................n/t (4+ / 0-)
  •  Easy to see why they're pushing online "learning," (3+ / 0-)
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    look at the profits to be had. No buildings to heat, cool or maintain, student-teacher ratios of 100, 200 or 300 to one. If they can get states to pay them anywhere near the per-pupil spending average of traditional schools they'll have a cash cow the size of Godzilla. Plus, it's easy to sell virtual schooling to gullible Americans as 21st Century schools.

    The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

    by Azazello on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 09:45:54 AM PST

    •  Notice the rush: (1+ / 0-)
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      they don't yet have evidence that on-line learning works, but that doesn't matter-- there's big bucks to be made!

      Or at least until the bubble bursts.

      •  Depends on the meaning of "works." (0+ / 0-)

        This whole Ed. Reform Shock Doctrine campaign has never been about what educates kids, it's been about privatization from the very start. If the goal is to put public money in private pockets, virtual schooling will work just fine.

        The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

        by Azazello on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 02:56:22 PM PST

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  •  Here is Terry Moe, in 2009, talking to an ALEC (3+ / 0-)
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    meeting on education re: Virtual Education as a means to bust teacher unions.

    The remainder of his talk is here:

    So ALEC has been at it for a long time.  Use virtural education to bust unions, cut the number of teachers in the classrooms, and unsaid, is to degrade the quality of public education in America.  Pay attention ot the second video above, and particularly his comment that the teacher could be in "India".

    He also points out to his audience of state legislators, that they can help implement virtual education by passing laws enabling it.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 10:32:52 AM PST

    •  AWESOME contribution. Than you, Ohiodem (2+ / 0-)
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      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 11:04:47 AM PST

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      •  This guy is a "scholar" at the Hoover Institute, (2+ / 0-)
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        the well-known right wing think tank at Stanford.  He has worked for a long time on right wing approaches to education, has many publications, does a lot of speaking.  If you go to YouTube and search on Terry Moe, you will find lots of stuff.  I expect you can get a lot on him if you Google Terry Moe as well.  He's ALEC, through and through.

        Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

        by Ohiodem1 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 12:16:17 PM PST

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      •  To really see what ALEC is up to and what ALEC (1+ / 0-)
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        wants with Education, go here.  Down the page, there are links to the last four "Report Cards", and I believe you can search the large pdf files with the words "Terry Moe" and Mr. Moe and a cohort will come up, no question.  He is one of ALEC's top voices on education.

        Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

        by Ohiodem1 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 12:24:19 PM PST

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  •  In Ohio, the Radical Republicans in the (2+ / 0-)
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    legislature and our radical republican governor Kasich, are now implementing a punitive school evaluation which, long term, is intended to make it look like ALL public schools in Ohio are failing, and to cause facilitation of voucherization, virtualization and victimization of all of Ohio's school children.  The intent of ALEC and Republicans is to put public education into a death spiral.  We can't let them do that.

    http://www.dispatch.com/...

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 10:37:50 AM PST

  •  In California, it is not legal to charge a student (0+ / 0-)

    any money for any element of the public school program, aside from transportation. Technically, the school cannot even require that the student supply her own pencil.

    Not even sports are exempt.

    Of course, students may voluntarily bring supplies or participate in fundraising.

    I like it; I think it's key to ensuring every kid comes in with an equal chance to participate. I am saddened to hear this is not the case in other states.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 09:16:16 PM PST

  •  I think there are some excellent possibilities (0+ / 0-)

    with blended online learning, for kids with interests outside the regular curriculum or for situations where they want or need a slightly different track. And computer-based work can provide some interesting possibilities that is not available with pencil and paper. The chance to take images and then alter them with Photoshop is a dream come true compared to the crude tools we had in the darkroom. Animation software makes it possible for a couple of students to write and direct and animate their own short story - amazing stuff!

    Some kinds of math and science are better done with videos and interactive exercises than textbooks.

    The key though is to build some really high quality curriculum... and most likely to make it open source, so that schools aren't held hostage by license fees.

    This isn't a cost saving operation, not by a long shot. You can't put more students in a classroom (probably you'd need fewer!) and you're going to spend more on IT costs than you would on textbooks.

    Our high school is small and rural, which has many advantages. But, it also means that its offerings are fairly narrow. We're very excited about using online learning to expand what we can offer and to give our teachers more breadth in what they can teach in a day. Now all we need is to find some high quality content that we can use.... and it's not for lack of looking.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 09:30:27 PM PST

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