The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards -- a policy group advocating teacher standards and performance-based pay policies for educators -- has announced that it left the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on April 18, 2012. Here's an excerpt from the group's statement:
...NBPTS participated in the Education Task Force of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) by sharing the impact and effectiveness of National Board programs with ALEC members, including state legislators. Given recent events, the new NBPTS President and CEO decided to discontinue engagement with ALEC. As a result, NBPTS terminated its membership as an Education Task Force Member of ALEC effective April 18, 2012, and also withdrew from participating in the upcoming ALEC conference.
The group joins more than a dozen major corporations that have announced they've cut ties with the right-wing policy group in the wake of the ColorOfChange campaign calling on ALEC's corporate sponsors to stop funding voter suppression. If you haven't already, please join us.