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Whose 'rally in Tally' will be bigger?



By coincidence, a rally for more money for Florida's public schools and another for more private-school vouchers will be held on consecutive days this week in Tallahassee. We can't help but wonder: Who wants it more?

On Wednesday, a rally organized by the Tampa-based Step Up for Students (read more here) will showcase support for a big expansion of tax-credit vouchers. Organizers are promising "an extraordinary political event ... filled with people who usually have little voice in their government, and they will thunder." In 2006, about 4,000 people - most of them black - gathered in Tally to back vouchers.

On Thursday, it will be the turn of the Florida PTA, Worst to First and other groups (read more here). Those groups want lawmakers to restore education funding that has been cut in the past few years and to find an adequate, stable source of funding to use when the federal stimulus money runs out next year. Last year, about 1,000 parents and teachers turned out for a similar event.

For those who can't make the Thursday rally in person, the Florida Education Association has organized a Keep the Promise virtual rally (read more here). It's asking supporters to wear red and sign an on-line petition.

Any bets on which rally will be bigger? Any thoughts as to whether it will matter?

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:54am]


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