Florida’s largest teachers’ union is taking to the airwaves to hammer the latest move by House leaders to tie major education policies to the state budget process.
Last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved a 198-page “conforming” bill, which is formally linked to the budget process, that has dozens of changes for the K-12 system. The bill — which includes a voucher-like plan that would let bullied children transfer to private schools — has a measure directly aimed at the teachers’ union, allowing the unions to lose their state certification if the membership drops below 50 percent of the bargaining unit.
This week, the Florida Education Association responded, announcing a media campaign that features a 30-second spot slamming the House leadership and, in particular, House Speaker Richard Corcoran, a Land O’ Lakes Republican who may run for governor.
The spot, titled “The Swamp,” is expected to be aired on television channels in the Tallahassee market this week.
“Political insider Richard Corcoran has a plan to divert even more of our tax dollars to unaccountable private schools while slashing the pay of even our best teachers,” the ad says.
“His bully bill wastes more money on failed programs while our schools starve, and our children suffer,” the ad goes on. “It’s time to drain the swamp…and we know just where to begin.”
The video, not so subtly, ends with a picture of Corcoran disappearing down a street sewer grate.
— By Lloyd Dunkelberger.