By John Nichols
Via Nation of Change
“American Federation for Children (AFC) is a powerful national network of billionaire campaign contributors that has been pouring millions into school privatization fights across the country.”
As co-chair of Wisconsin’s powerful legislative Joint Finance Committee, Alberta Darling was charged by Governor Scott Walker with cobbling together the most anti-public education budget in Wisconsin history. And Darling delivered, with a plan to slash $800 million in funding for public schools across Wisconsin while at the same time scheming to shift tens of millions from the state treasury into the accounts of private schools.
Darling was not just doing the governor’s bidding, however.
She was delivering for American Federation for Children (AFC), the powerful national network of billionaire campaign contributors that has been pouring millions into school privatization fights across the country.
AFC is not just shaping the agenda in Wisconsin. Like the American Legislative Exchange Council, which produces model legislation designed to shape state agendas on a host of policies, AFC outlines legislative goals, crafts specific proposals and then works with allied legislators and governors to implement it’s agenda.
It is in the forefront of high-stakes school “choice,” voucher and privatization fights in Pennsylvania, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana and the District of Columbia.
Former Republican nominee for governor of Michigan Dick DeVos along with Betsy DeVos have poured tens of millions of dollars into the ideological and electoral infrastructure that supports school privatization. Read story at Nation of Change