Alliance for School Choice

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The Alliance for School Choice (ASC) is a conservative 501(c)(3) non-profit group that promotes the school privatization agenda via the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and other avenues. It is affiliated with the 501(c)(4) advocacy group the American Federation for Children.[1] Former Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen, who was charged with multiple crimes stemming from abuse of his office, is on staff at ASC as Senior Advisor to its Government Affairs Team.[2]

In the organization's own words, ASC "is the nation’s vanguard organization for promoting, implementing, and enhancing K-12 educational choice. In collaboration with a host of national and state allies, we create opportunities for systemic and sustainable educational reform that puts parents in charge."[3]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

ASC is a member of ALEC's Education Task Force. Scott Jensen represented the organization on the task force as of July 2011 when he was ASC's "National Consultant for State Projects" (ALEC also lists him as representing the 501(c)(4) wing of the group, American Federation for Children). Jonathan Nikkila, ASC's Government Affairs Director, also represented the organization on the task force at that time.[4]

About ALEC
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Funders

ASC has received funding from at least the following foundations as of September 2013, according to the American Bridge 21st Century Foundation:[5]

Directors

As of September 2013:[6]

Former Directors

As of September 2008:[7]

Contact

1660 L Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: (202) 280-1990
Fax: (202) 280-1989
Web: http://www.allianceforschoolchoice.org

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References

  1. Lisa Graves, Taxpayer-Enriched Companies Back Jeb Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education, its Buddy ALEC, and Their "Reforms", PRWatch, November 28, 2012.
  2. Alliance for School Choice, Leadership, organizational website, accessed September 2013.
  3. Alliance for School Choice, About, organizational website, accessed September 19, 2008.
  4. American Legislative Exchange Council, Education As of 7/1/2011, organizational task force membership roster, July 1, 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause, April 2012.
  5. American Bridge 21st Century Foundation, Recipient: Alliance for School Choice, conservative transparency website, accessed September 2013.
  6. Alliance for School Choice, Leadership, organizational website, accessed September 2013.
  7. Alliance for School Choice, Directors, organizational website, accessed September 19, 2008.
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