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Schoolhouse Rock, ALEC-style

I've written plenty about the American Legislative Exchange Council and its noxious influence on Indiana education policy: Here and here and here. The corporate-controlled political group is holding its annual meeting in Salt Lake City right now. Columbia City Republican Jim Banks, a member of the Senate Education Committee, tweeted his excitement at being included. The Republican-controlled Indiana General Assembly amended an ethics bill to exclude ALEC from lobbyist disclosure requirements, so we'll never know just how much the Hoosier representatives will be wined, dined and influenced on the back nine.

If you're a fan of Schoolhouse Rock – and who isn't? – you'll enjoy this from Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore, an updated version to explain how democracy works in the age of ALEC.

Karen Francisco, editorial page editor for The Journal Gazette, has been an Indiana journalist since 1981. She writes frequently about education for The Journal Gazette opinion pages and here, where she looks at the business, politics and science of learning as it relates to northeast Indiana, the state and the nation. She can be reached at 260-461-8206 or by e-mail at