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.
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