Are teachers unions pressuring students to oppose SB 6?
The Florida Chamber of Commerce suggested they were last week, and included what it said were examples on this Web site. Now comes Barney Bishop, president and CEO of the powerful Associated Industries of Florida (and a strong supporter of SB 6), with this carefully worded statement:
Reports suggesting students have been instructed to call and write these senators, as well as the Senate president’s office, as a means to advance the position of SB 6 opponents are incredibly distressing. While AIF strongly supports students’ active participation in government, we sincerely hope the teacher unions are not using these students as cover to promote their position. That would be a great injustice not only to the students, but also to the system. Certainly, teacher unions and their members are entitled to lobby legislators. However, taking this issue into the classroom and down to the student level – whether it is letters or phone calls made during school hours – is a tactic we hope teacher unions have not employed.