Bush Wonk Patricia Levesque Signs Parent Trigger Petition Twice

You couldn’t make this up in a parody. Jeb Bush’ attempts to build momentum for his Foundation for Florida’s Future for a second run at Parent Trigger in Florida prompted  the Foundation’s director, Patricia Levesque, to post an online petition. Up since at least May, the petition has hasn’t been very popular, tallying only 71 signatures. Support for parent trigger is even more narrow than people realize as Levesque signed twice: once on June 6th and again on June 12th.

Among other signatures to the petition are some of the usual suspects close to this organized legislative effort for charter schools to take over public schools. Lets take a look at some:

 Matt Minnick signed on June 7. Recall that Minnick attempted to address a Florida senate committee on parent trigger as a former teacher until he was outed as an intern for Bush’s foundation. A former Teach for America corp member, Minnick attempted to criticize education historian Diane Ravitch in a column on one of Bush’s websites and was dispatched by this writer here.

Minda Corso signed on June 8. She is the social media manager for the Foundation.

Ryan West signed three days later on the 11th. West is the Director of Talent & Innovation Policy for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. West maintains he was called a “coward” and “sellout” by two superintendents of schools at a workshop when he was advocating on behalf of the Chamber for an increase in FCAT cut scores.

Erin Price signed on June 7. She, too, is an employee of Bush’s Foundation.

Doug Tuthill signed on June 11. Tuthill is president of voucher advocacy group Step Up for Students.

Michelle Rhee’s Florida representative Catherine Durkin Robinson signed on June 12. Robinson presented 1000 signatures on behalf of Rhee’s StudentsFirst the same day that Minnick testified although they’ve never been verified.  She was outed earlier this summer for promoting an astroturf campaign to promote parent trigger in blog like this.

Are there other signatures that are attempting to give the illusion of faux support among Anonymous signatures? Maybe. But advocates who sign a petition they are paid to advocate for don’t represent support. Less than 70 signatures in three months for such landscape altering policy as parent trigger is frighteningly weak. It indicates just how few people really want this. And like this  lame exercise, Parent Trigger is based on another petition.




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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2 Responses to Bush Wonk Patricia Levesque Signs Parent Trigger Petition Twice

  1. Pingback: Everyone in Jeb Bush’s Office Supports Parent Trigger « Diane Ravitch's blog

  2. Diane says:

    Communist’s and now proven cheaters. By the way, if a person sign’s a petition anonymously
    it usually doesn’t count does it? Their push will pick up I am sure – it will be curious to see how much they throw into the coffers for the general election.

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