With a legislative battle looming in Florida, corporate reformers propagandists have their marching orders. Last night, Michelle Rhee’s Florida rep sent out calls for an online comments campaign.
> From: Catherine Robinson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Date: July 26, 2012 9:58:12 PM EDT
> To: Catherine Robinson <email@example.com>
> Subject: rapid responses needed – and a contest!
… starting right now, there will be a monthly contest for the best rapid response. The more comments you leave on blog posts, the more times you can enter! Post a polite and persuasive pro-reform comment and email me the link so I can check it out.
That’s all you have to do!
At the end of the month (August 26th at midnight) I will announce the winner. Not only will that winner get a gift card to the restaurant or store of choice, but he or she will also be promoting the cause of real and transformative change in public schools! What could be better?
Robinson submitted a list of supporting signatures at the Florida Senate Budget Committee on Parent Trigger last spring on behalf of Rhee’s StudentsFirst. As of yet, Scathing Purple Musings has not received any “polite and persuasive pro-reform” comments.
UPDATE: Florida educator Diane Hanffman weighs in.