ALEC is clearly a right-wing leaning organization (The group clearly stresses "Limited Government, Free Market, Federalism" on their website.) that maintains most of its funding from private companies. ALEC is very successful in pushing its agenda that may sound familiar. Here is one such bill that is being purposed by ALEC. This legislation is titled the Education Enterprise Zone Act and this is the summary of the legislation:
Section 1. That chapter 13-55 be amended by adding thereto a NEW SECTION to read as follows:
There is hereby established the jump start scholarship program to be administered by the Board of Regents. The purpose of the program is to allow a student who graduates from a public high school in three years or less to receive a scholarship funded with a portion of the money saved by the state in state aid to education funding pursuant to chapter 13-13 as a result of the student's early graduation if the student enrolls at any college, university, or technical school accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools that provides instruction from a campus located in South Dakota.
In 2005, ALEC proposed that states implement the The Virtual Public Schools Act to be passed and in 2006 we passed the HB 1236.
These are just a few examples. It make me wonder exactly how much influence ALEC has had on our laws.