From Orlando Sentinel reporter Leslie Postal:
The AFT’s president, Randi Weingarten, is to be in Miami this afternoon and will speak about the email request then.
The union wants a wide-range of emails from players not specifically linked to the Bennett controversy in Indiana.
But here are the connections: Bush’s education foundations are influential, and Bennett was part of “chiefs for change,” a group put together by Bush’s group. ALEC is a private group of conservative state lawmakers that pushes “model” legislation on a host of topics. Bush, a former Florida governor, was a featured speaker at an ALEC conference last week in Chicago.
“Public education is a public good, and taxpayers, parents, teachers and others who rely on our public schools are entitled to full transparency around the decisions and actions made regarding our schools—whether in Indiana or here in Florida,” Weingarten said in a statement.
“Tony Bennett betrayed that promise when he put backroom deals and favors for political donors ahead of the children of Indiana. Creating full transparency will ensure continued confidence and trust in our public schools,” she said
Bush didn’t mention Bennett in his ALEC speech in Chicago late last week only a few days writing a bizarre defense of him. His foundation is putting on a PR defense, too. Such a quick toss under the bus of Bennett shows that a desperate campaign to protect Bush’s education legacy is underway.