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Rick Scott's certificate of campaigning: school-kid attaboy letters


Scott certificateDear [First Name],

Congratulations! I am so proud of the hard work you have done this year. Through your outstanding efforts and the outstanding work of your teachers, you achieved a perfect score on:

Bearing the name and signature of Gov. Rick Scott, form letters like this are soon to arrive by express mail at each of Florida’s 67 school districts. School workers are to fill in the blanks and personalize certificates, which are to be sent out with report cards to students who did well on standardized assessment tests.

Just in time for Scott’s reelection efforts.

There’s no shortage of eye-rolling and grumbling among educators.

None can recall Florida’s self-styled education governor, Jeb Bush, launching a campaign like this, even though the Republican made student achievement a hallmark of his campaigns, his eight-year term and his ongoing concern to this day.

Bush didn’t need to send out letters and certificates like this.

Scott does.

Scott’s high-profile interest in education stands in inverse proportion to his cellar-dwelling polling numbers.

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