Alex Leary’s piece in Tampa Bay Times political blog, The Buzz, marks the introduction of the protest against Jeb Bush education policies to the national media. Leary is one of the Times top political writers and is based in Washington.
Getting top billing for the event is teacher activist organization, Florida Bad-Ass Teachers and the Democrat Party of Florida. This is easy pickings for the sea of Bush mouthpieces who will be on hand. Those people outside, you see, are partisan Democrats and a members of the teachers union. Move along. Nothing to see.
But it’s just not true. Two other groups – neither which could be seen as partisan allies of FBAT or DPF – will be there, too.
The Florida Stop Common Core Coalition and Florida Opt-Out have been recognizing the protest via social media outlets and some members are planning on attending. If the media does diligence, they will be interviewed and it will trump any effort by the Bush campaign to spin the protest.