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Union urges action against "Mr. Politician"

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January

The state teachers union launched a new Web site this morning aimed at rallying the public against continued funding cuts to public schools. The site will be accompanied by a TV ad campaign to drum up awareness.

“We have a long, proud tradition of providing the best to our students – even if the financial backing provided by the state hasn’t bee on par with other states,” Florida Education Association President Andy Ford said in a written statement. “It is essential that our political leaders understand that now is not the time to turn our backs on public education.”

The union blitz comes as lawmakers meet in Tallahassee, gearing up to cut $465 million to schools this fiscal year. The outlook for next year is even more grim.

The Web site features two spots showing a fictional “Mr. Politician” undermining public schools. The first features him wanting to super-size class sizes. The second shows him at a table, asking constituents why he should support them when they didn’t contribute to his campaign or turn out on election day. The camera then pans to the other side of the table, where a couple of kids are sitting.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:10am]

    

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