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FEA protests 'Pink Slip Rick'

From an FEA press release: CHICAGO – Nearly 250 Florida teachers and school employees donned “Pink Slip Rick” t-shirts today to protest Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s policies that have radically transformed the education profession in Florida, slashed funding for Florida public schools, caused the loss of thousands of jobs in public schools and attempted to silence the voices of those belonging to public-sector unions. The colorful protest took place at the annual gathering of the National Education Association in Chicago.

The FEA members attending the convention came up with the idea to serve as a reminder in Chicago about Scott’s policies, which have already eliminated thousands of jobs while middle class Floridians continue to grapple with high unemployment, a crippled economy and massive cuts to public education and social services.

"Rick Scott wants to protect Wall Street over Main Street with his plan to dole out tax breaks to CEOs while handing pink slips to middle class Floridians," said FEA President Andy Ford, clad in his Pink Slip Rick t-shirt. “Scott campaigned on a promise to not cut education funding, but proposed and approved the biggest spending cuts in recent memory.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 1:56pm]


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