Jeb Bush Resorts to Faux Democrats and Paid Operatives to Battle Parent Trigger Opposition

Jeb Bush’s education foundation dropped two names in an attempt to crate the impression that democrats were in favor of Florida’s parent trigger legislation:

Tallahassee, FL – As the Florida legislature enters into the final week of session, the Parent Trigger continues to gain local and national momentum as the defenders of the status quo continue their campaign of misinformation.

Democratic National Convention chair, Obama’s national campaign co-chair and former teachers’ union organizer Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke in favor of the Parent Trigger:

“The Parent Trigger movement, that started in Los Angeles and now is spreading across the nation, encourages involvement in the education process and drums up the kind of support and encouragement necessary to build the foundations for student achievement. I am a strong supporter of measures that protect the rights of parents in standing up for children. Parental empowerment and community intervention in education work to change our children’s lives and transform the communities surrounding them.”

Similarly Mayor and former NBA star Kevin Johnson, spoke directly to the Florida campaign:

“The Parent Trigger empowers parents to stand up for their own children when the status quo has failed them. For parents across nation- inspired by parents in California -this is about their kids.

Really? Michelle Rhee’s husband and one big city mayor who’s been in bed with charter school interests for his entire career?

As Bush’s foundation is parroting Parent Revolution’s press release, it’s fair to assume they’re the one’s who’ve brought in this top-dollar lobbyists to speak at hearings and apparently now, to agitate. Before a press conference put on by opponents of the bill, Parent Revolution scrambled around and passed out the above press release. From the Palm Beach Post:

Before the event began, Los Angeles-based Parent Revolution lobbyists handed out press releases asserting that national Democrats support the controversial measure. The California group called opponents “defenders of the status quo” and accused the Florida Education Association of invoking “new boogeymen” in “an attempt to confuse parents and political observers.” The “parent trigger” is now in place in first-in-the-nation California, Texas and Mississippi

New boogeymen? It’s actually Parent Revolution who’s creating new boogeymen in the form of – you guessed it – evil teacher and their loathsome union. Here’s more from that Parent Revolution release that Jeb Bush is parroting?

The facts are simply not on the FEA’s side as they simply attempt to confuse parents and political observers. Yet as the FEA continues to play games with the facts and children’s futures, they make our case for us why parents need real power in their local public schools.

Despite these unethical tactics, Parent Trigger continues to grow nationwide as Colorado’s Parent Trigger passes in the Colorado House of Representatives and in Tennessee, the Parent Trigger is being heard by both education committees in the Tennessee Senate and House

If Parent Revolution wants to talk facts, lets. It’ a real grass-roots group of real parents from  the Florida PTA,  Fund Education Now and Parents Across American who have done all the lifting in the opposition to Parent Trigger legislation in Florida. A handful of mothers of Florida students – none getting a dime – have brought two billionare-funded pro-charter school behemoths to their knees a few days before a key Senate vote.

Even more remarkable is to ponder the notion that the most powerful education reformer in the nation in Jeb Bush has to fly in a bunch of professional hacks and still hide behind their press release from California. Its a sad, desperate attempt to get his signature legislation passed in a state where he still rules his party’s apparatus.


About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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