Ron Rabatsky Profile picture
Dec 2, 2022 43 tweets 24 min read Read on X
"#ALEC’s proposed Free Speech in Higher Education Act debated by members this week would ban public universities from using bias reporting systems to prevent or punish “offensive” or “unwanted” speech by students, faculty, staff, or guests."… #HigherEd Image
#ALEC’s FORUM Act "has passed in multiple states with the help of the hate group Alliance Defending Freedom, aims to address the manufactured free speech “crisis” being hyped by the Right, often by sending extremist provocateurs to speak at colleges and universities." #HigherEd Image
The real reason for the attack on libraries… This "has always been about keeping people uneducated and ignorant. Suppressing diverse ideas has always been the hallmark of conservatism, and free libraries stand in the way of their goal."
Here come the Kochs (and others) to ravage Arkansas public schools with vouchers… "Do they have money? Is a pig’s butt pork?"
#KochNetwork #education #vouchers
42 States Ban or Challenge Critical Race Theory… "they represent another instance in a long history of deflection, of those in power seeking to silence the voices and the histories of Black liberation in the face of White supremacist violence." #CRT 1/2
2/ "children are robbed of the opportunity to learn about how humans have hurt one another, how they have stood up for what is right, and how they have healed those wounds and created–or tried to create-communities where we learn to live with justice, equity, and compassion" #CRT
1/ Republican-led voucher expansion could steer $2.4 billion from Florida public schools… supporters see the legislation as “freedom for all, but it is really freedom for a small few that could result in the utter devastation of our public education system”
2/ Advocates included a large contingent of Americans for Prosperity activists and from Yes Every Kid, an education policy organization.

Both are parts of the #KochNetwork Image
3/ "Yes Every Kid was announced (back in 2019) in conjunction with a shared commitment between the Charles Koch Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation to donate $5 million each to 4.0 Schools"…
4/ from 2019:

#KochNetwork Announces New Education Lobbying Group, Walton Funding Pact… the Walton Family Foundation supports charter schools and private school choice programs.
1/ Dark Money And Education Parent Grass Roots Groups… Moms For Liberty, Parents Defending Education and National Parents Union are all hiding "behind a mask that hides the identity of the true actors" who are funded by conservative dark money...
2/ "Using women who can portray “regular moms” as the face of the advocacy, rather than Charles Koch or Morton Blackwell, is a deliberate choice meant to support the notion of a grass roots movement.
"It’s a deliberate choice, but not an honest one." Image
Higher Education Policy and Politics… A Pew Research Center survey found that some 59% of Republicans feel that colleges and universities have a negative effect on American society. #highereducation
Tennessee House speaker mulls rejecting US education money…
“Basically, we’ll be able to educate"
low-income students, English learners and students with disabilities
"how Tennessee sees fit”
Revised Parents’ Bill of Rights passes Senate… the bill’s wording would prevent teachers from teaching about past and present racial inequality by opening them up to complaints and lawsuits by parents
1/ #DeSantis: It's a 'joke' schools pulled Roberto Clemente book off shelves… blamed "politics," then "teachers' unions," then claimed the story was "a joke", while never accepting the impact of the legislation he has supported, promoted, signed into law
2/ "#DeSantis, who is expected to announce a run for president, appeared wholly ignorant of what's going on in #Florida schools.

"More than 1 million books in Duval County schools in Florida are subject to review" due to the "Stop WOKE Act" and the “Don’t Say Gay” law he pushed
Ultra-conservative Americans for Prosperity group turns up the heat on anti-voucher Republicans…
The #KochNetwork is outlining it's plan for promoting "grass roots" pressure on legislators to expand #SchoolVouchers
DeSantis and cronies want to DEFUND PUBLIC SCHOOLS in FL with legislation--HB 1/SB 202… Florida can now easily ramp up to full education privatization.
1/ Ron DeSantis’s Educational Policies Come Straight from the Fascist Playbook… "The word that comes to mind in this context is “Gleichshaltung”, the German term for “bringing into conformity” or “Nazification.” #Fascism #DeSantisIsAFascist #Education
2/ "The goal of the Nazi regime from Hitler’s assumption of power in 1933 to the passage of the Nuremburg Laws in 1935 was to bring all organs of state and civil society into conformity with the will of the Führer. Control of the press, regimentation of everyday life..." Image
3/ "...elimination of expressive freedoms, destruction of constitutional safeguards, control of trade unions, establishment of a dictatorial (one party) state and an end to the civil rights of minorities (especially Jews) were all key aspects of Gleichshaltung." Image
4/ #DeSantis' "attack on public and #highereducation is part of a broader politics of #whitenationalism and racial cleansing based on the eugenicist tenets of white #replacement theory." Image
5/ #DeSantis' "notion of citizenship is reserved for white Christian nationalists and is rooted firmly in the ideology of #WhiteSupremacy." #DeSantisDestroysFlorida Image
6/ #DeSantis' "proposed bill to ban gender studies, destroy tenure, and turn the governing of #highereducation over to his political hacks is a mirror image of what unfolded in #NaziGermany and other totalitarian states in the 1930s and 1970s." Image
7/ "Strongmen disappear people, and they also disappear areas of knowledge that encourage critical thinking or that conflict with their ideologies and social engineering goals..."
#DeSantisIsAFascist Image
8/ "...In strongman states, where speaking out can bring professional ruin or physical harm to you and your family, self-censorship can be a survival strategy."
9/ "Critical minded young people are a threat to #DeSantis’s political ambitions and view of the world, as are those public institutions in which critical teaching and learning can be nourished. These same tactics were once aimed at German youth in Hitler’s Germany." Image
10/ "#Education in [#DeSantis'] world view is code for indoctrination and the destruction of memory, dissent, #CriticalThinking, democratic values, and civic courage." Image
11/ "Any mode of #education that addresses crucial social issues and interrogates and learns from history is anathema to #DeSantis...he benefits from capitalist power relations, values, and market driven ideology that thrives on greed, bigotry, and the politics of exclusion." Image
12/ "#DeSantis has embraced a #whitesupremacist ideology and ideology of authoritarianism that gave us George Wallace...It goes to the heart of what it means to kill democracy as an ideal by preventing public institutions from producing informed and engaged citizens." Image
13/ "Welcome to the Nazification of American society."
#DeSantisIsADangerToTheUSA Image
1/ Ken Burns torches Ron #DeSantis' new 'Soviet system' education bill… DeSantis is "trying to essentially shut down open inquiry into American history,which he said was completely contrary to the Enlightenment-based ideals espoused by America's founders."
2/ "I can tell you that Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Payne and George Washington and John Adams and James Madison and Alexander Hamilton are rolling over if their graves if they think this person is carrying the mantle of what it is to be American" #DeSantisIsAFascist
3/ "Burns then elaborated that he believed #DeSantis was trying to dictate the teaching of a "neat, tidy, white picket fence, Morning-in-America kind of view of things" when the reality is that "this is a complicated world."
The Right Wing's Dirty War Against History and Education… The politics of disappearance at work currently in the U.S. takes place under the cover of state legislative policies that erase the histories of marginalized groups and other displaced populations
Public Education, 'School Choice' Debate: Defeat of a School Voucher Program Reveals the Truth… “Vouchers take money out of the budget [meant] for public schools and route it to various recipients that include private schools and homeschooling businesses”
US #Fascism Spreads Under Guise of “Patriotic Education”…

"the far right GOP has deemed #education to be the most powerful tool for creating a public that is neither informed nor willing to struggle to keep a #democracy alive"
1/ #Iowa parents deserve real rights…"looking closely at the legislation passed here in Iowa and the U.S. House of Representatives, these so-called parental rights bills are far from what most families want or need for their #children and their #schools."
2/ ". Groups like Moms For America, Parents Defending Education, Americans for Prosperity, Turning Point USA, Advancing American Freedom, and The Heritage Foundation are funding candidates for school board, governor, and Congress."
3/ "private education is a for-profit business...a lot of money to be made if public schools fail. Under the guise of parents’ choice, voucher schemes help those who already have the means to pay for private schooling, leaving behind those in the middle and at the bottom."
4/ "parents' rights bills coming from the governor, state legislature and Congress are not designed to solve any real problem. On the contrary: they create more problems by discriminating against LGBTQ children and children of color, violating the 1st Amendment and federal laws"
5/ Learn "how #ALEC bills would privatize public education, crush teacher's unions, and push American universities to the right'"

Privatizing Public Education, Higher Ed Policy, and Teachers… #Teachers #HigherEd #education #unions Image

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh

Keep Current with Ron Rabatsky

Ron Rabatsky Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!


Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @ExposingALEC

Apr 19, 2023
1/ Judge Who Ruled on #Mifepristone was Handpicked by the Same Network that Brought the Lawsuit… by @anelsona
Kacsmaryk's nomination was part of a project championed by his former boss, a member of the Council for National Policy #CNP, the #ShadowNetwork
2/ Kacsmaryk's former boss was Kelly Shackelford, Founder, President, CEO, chief counsel of the First Liberty Institute, and a longtime member of the Council for National Policy. #CNP Image
3/ Shackelford delivered a presentation “An Update on the Judiciary” at the #CNP February 2020 meeting. “Some of us literally opened a whole operation on judicial nominations and make sure the President picks the best #judges.”
Read 4 tweets
Apr 8, 2023
The Right Wing's Dirty War Against History and Education… The politics of disappearance at work currently in the U.S. takes place under the cover of state legislative policies that erase the histories of marginalized groups and other displaced populations
Public Education, 'School Choice' Debate: Defeat of a School Voucher Program Reveals the Truth… “Vouchers take money out of the budget [meant] for public schools and route it to various recipients that include private schools and homeschooling businesses”
US #Fascism Spreads Under Guise of “Patriotic Education”…

"the far right GOP has deemed #education to be the most powerful tool for creating a public that is neither informed nor willing to struggle to keep a #democracy alive"
Read 12 tweets
Feb 21, 2023
1/ Who is to blame for America’s gun madness? The answer is simple… "GOP politicians on the take, greed driven gun manufacturers without a heart or soul, #ALEC, the #KochNetwork and a small minority of truly sick #gun addicts all have blood on their hands"
2/ "When #Koch became a leader of #ALEC back in 1995, ALEC's publications proudly touted its #gun agenda and the #SecondAmendment right to bear arms, in contrast to it's recent attempts to distance itself from this agenda."…
3/ In 2005, #NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer pushed the "Castle Doctrine" bill to create legal immunity for shooters claiming self-defense. It was "unanimously adopted by the private and public sector members at that meeting."

The bill came to be known as "Stand Your Ground" Image
Read 4 tweets
Feb 5, 2023
#KochNetwork to back alternative to Trump after sitting out recent primaries… resources include "a million grass-roots activists across all 50 states, data targeting technology known as i360, and the Latino outreach organization Libre"
My question: with an organization already set up in so many states, why support any other than their own candidate on the (#KochNetwork ) Stand Together Party ticket? AFP is already America's 3rd political party.…
"What do you call an organization that operates in multiple states, staffs up for elections, and does local endorsements for political campaigns? You call it a political party. And by that measure, the Koch brothers' AFP is the third-largest political party in the U.S."
Read 5 tweets
Jan 3, 2023
1) Trump won't be able to terminate the US Constitution but a Republican-led effort to rewrite it continues… Trump's "allies are busy pushing an unprecedented rewrite of the foundational document that would fundamentally alter Americans' daily lives."
2) "In 2022, a group with ties to Trump's orbit was able to get four more states to join its efforts."

"@CommonCause is trying both to thwart any new convention pushes alongside repealing old resolutions calling a convention."… Support them!

#NoConCon Image
GOP proposal calls for convention to amend U.S. Constitution "In 2021, it came within 2 votes of passage in the #Montana Senate...This session, Democrats control three fewer Senate seats and several GOP defectors are no longer in office" #NoConCon Image
Read 22 tweets
Nov 18, 2022
1/ Battle for Earth: The Shocking Extent of the Far-Right Influence Network – Part 7… "their globalist course of free trade and free appropriation of the planet is about to destroy the very habitability of the Earth"
2/ "In order to defend the interests of the fossil fuel industry as well as the other goals of the right-wing libertarian agenda (deregulation, limited government, tax breaks for the wealthy, free trade and globalisation), the far-right billionaires and multimillionaires..."
3/ "...(“the 1%” or the 0.01%) have spent some thirty years building and perfecting an extensive network of “think tanks” and media outlets to distort and manipulate public perception and opinion."
Read 5 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Don't want to be a Premium member but still want to support us?

Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal

Or Donate anonymously using crypto!


0xfe58350B80634f60Fa6Dc149a72b4DFbc17D341E copy


3ATGMxNzCUFzxpMCHL5sWSt4DVtS8UqXpi copy

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us!