Michelle Rhee Slithers Into Florida Voucher Scrap With Another Astroturf Campaign

Michelle Rhee’s corporate-funded tax-exempt 501c4 has  parachuted into Florida and is attempting another Astroturf campaign to support the latest republican voucher scheme. Here’s the email from Rhee’s Florida rep:

Dear Friend,

Over the next week, the Florida legislature has an opportunity to change the lives of thousands of Florida’s neediest students. But it won’t happen without your help.

HB 7167 amends Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, a program that gives low-income students scholarships so they can attend a great school. We support a version of the bill that:

  • continues to prioritize low-income students
  • increases the individual scholarship amount minimum

HB 875 provides parents and taxpayers with information on how well schools and districts are using their state dollars to increase student achievement. This information will be provided in an easy to understand format to increase transparency and accountability in Florida’s education system.

Needless to say, passage of these bills would be a huge win for Florida’s kids. That’s where you come in.

Over the next week, we will be pushing hard for these issues in Tallahassee. We are looking for people who have a personal interest in these two issues to join us in supporting the bill.

If you or someone you know would be interested in working with us to support this legislation in Tallahassee over the next week to advocate for students across the Sunshine State, please email StudentsFirst Field Coordinator Kelly Garcia at kgarcia@studentsfirst.org.

Thank you for all you do on behalf of Florida’s students. With your continued efforts, we can give all kids the great education they deserve.

Kelly Garcia and the StudentsFirst FL

Golly, hasn’t Step Up for Students been running around telling everyone how Florida parents are crawling all over each other to get a voucher to one of those schools that can’t be bothered teaching evolution? How come they need to mobilize another Rhee astroturf campaign or faux petition campaign?

And how come Garcia is pushing House bills which have already passed and not the Senate bill which won’t hit the floor until Tuesday? Its because the Rhee-Step Up For Students effort is intended to give the impression that there is more support for the irresponsible House bill than there really is.



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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One Response to Michelle Rhee Slithers Into Florida Voucher Scrap With Another Astroturf Campaign

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