When I read your blog post, I had one heck of a response. But, as I scroll through the comments below, I see that many well spoken, highly educated, caring activists have already covered the basic objections. So, ditto what they say.
There was a better story here, Ron.
A story of hard work, dedication, true grit. A story of folks giving up every waking moment of their days and nights to raise their voices.
There was a victory here. We worked hard for it and we got it. That was the real story.
You missed it.
Oh, well, Ron. Maybe next time…
Oh, and one last thought. I must say, your post had me spitting fire. I was thinking thoughts, like ‘Et tu, Brute?’ I mean, it just seemed so unlike you to write such a slanted piece. I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. But, after I posted the comment above, I went back and did a little reading on you. I found this statement:
“Ron has left the Tampa Bay Times to take the post of assistant director of policy and public affairs at Step Up For Students, the Tampa-based group that oversees Florida’s corporate tax credit scholarship program.”
Oh, OK, Ron. I get it.
So when you wrote, “But I know that kind of talk won’t get us rowing in the same direction,”
I misunderstood. I thought we were still rowing in the same direction.
Good luck in your new position, Ron.
We will be right here.
As the African says:
This is my tale which I have told,
if it be sweet, if it be not sweet,
take somewhere else and let some return to me.
This story ends with me still rowing.
In response to “Florida parent trigger debate didn’t bring out best from established parent groups” a blog post by Ron Matus, March 13, 2012 : http://www.redefinedonline.org/2012/03/florida-parent-trigger-debate-didnt-bring-out-best-from-established-parent-groups/