Florida first in union's effort to save education funding
American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten heads to Tallahassee tomorrow to launch a national drive urging governments to invest in "vital public services" including education and health care.
"I'm taking the fight to the very people who can prevent devastating cuts that would have punishing effects for years to come," Weingarten said in a news release. "There are no second chances on a student's education, patients can't wait for a better economic climate, and our country's infrastructure needs to be modernized now."
Why Florida before even Washington, D.C., for kicking off the effort?
"It's been hit really hard," spokeswoman Cynthia Garza told the Gradebook. "That's where she wanted to start, in a place that's been hit really hard."
It doesn't hurt that lawmakers are in special session slashing education by about $500-million, or that the Florida Education Association has started its own advertising blitz against funding cuts, or that she could get on Gov. Crist's schedule.
Afterward, Weingarten will have a press conference and meet with local union leaders and educators. It should be interesting to see how this staunch Obama supporter fares in her efforts. Stay tuned.
(Image from N.Y. Post)