“ALEC” Acronyms Buzz?

In education, acronyms are used and frequently loosely spoken.  Too often, parents and many families are easily overwhelmed and discouraged which could be by design for that specific purpose.  Made to believe they might not be “smart” enough or lack formal education to understand the meanings that at times seem hidden, again by design.

Recently, we have heard more frequently of “ALEC,” the American Legislative Exchange committee.  The reason for the fast-paced trending of ALEC is #REDforED aka Arizona Educators United. On Wednesday, December 4th, 2019  they have scheduled a  protest at an ALEC convention.

Political opposition of ALEC is from “SiX.”  SiX is the acronym for, State innovation exchange.  SiX, a policy resource strategy center that provides progressive state legislators with resources. Additionally, reportedly they provide support to assist in the fightback of issues. Such as the development of free-market solutions to jump-starting the economy, restoring fiscal order and changes within government services. SiX is the liberal version of ALEC.

SiX was established in September 2012 by the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.[1] SiX has a relatively new link that a former co-founder of #REDforED/AEU, (Arizona Educators United), now attends Wisconsin-Madison seeking a Ph.D?

A Facebook posting for #REDforED “states the “why” for the protest. Their claim is ALEC has “deep ties to legislation & many legislators in Arizona, influencing public education.”  #REDforED/AEU has stated in the social media listing  “legislators are secretly run by ALEC.”

This statement as made, in my opinion, lacks civility, an example of a close-minded approach in an effort for a solution for state education.

In its rating, only Arizona, Florida, and Indiana received a B+ on ALEC’s most recent state-by-state report on education.

1 “On the Capitol: First there was ALEC, now there’s progressive-focused ALICE: Wsj”. host.madison.com. Retrieved 2014-07-10.

Catherine Barrett is an Arizona Governor’s Master Teacher and currently Chair of citizens initiative petition, A Classroom Code of Ethics For Public Schools K-12. You can find her on Twitter @ReadersLeadPD, and on Facebook at Yes4Ethics.

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Catherine Barrett is an Arizona educator and chair of the Classroom Code of Ethics organization.