'I have been going to ALEC conferences for years—to see for myself how this rightwing group crafts model legislation to advance the interests of its corporate and ideological funders. The issue of the moment for ALEC is public education—that is, undermining it. ALEC members are foaming at the mouth for the now-endless opportunities to further privatize public schools, long a central goal. When he was governor of Wisconsin in the early 1990s, Tommy Thompson implemented the first state voucher scheme in the nation—an idea he acquired from an ALEC conference.For ALEC, it is all about tearing down our public-school infrastructure so corporate privatization efforts can move in and make a buck. Proponents of privatization have abandoned their claim that vouchers offer better education, so now they are selling choice for the sake of choice.'