Teachers Plan Anti-Romney Rally in Pasco

United School Employees of Pasco want Gov. Mitt Romney to know public schools need more funding.

Not everyone is rolling out the red carpet for Gov. Mitt Romney's visit to Land O' Lakes Saturday.

When the Republican Presidential hopeful arrives in town, he'll be greeted by protesters donning Barack Obama for President T-shirts and carrying signs.

A "counter rally" is being organized by the United School Employees of Pasco. The union wants to raise awareness about the plight of public schools, said Kenny Blankenship, the group's vice president.

"The biggest thing is we want to get our message out there that our legislative officials need to make our schools a priority," Blankenship said Friday morning. "Our funding is less per student than it was in 2007. They just need to fund public schools appropriately."

To find out more about Romney's visit and for ticket information, see Romney Coming to Land O’ Lakes Saturday.

Blankenship said the union supports Obama for re-election, but is hoping the counter rally will make Romney aware of the issues facing public schools.

"We want our schools to be a priority," he said.

The Pasco union has invited its counterparts from Hillsborough, Pinellas and Hernando counties to attend and show their support for the cause. Blankenship is unsure if they'll come at this point. He also doesn't know where protesters will be allowed to assemble; he's expecting it will be along Land O' Lakes Boulevard or Gator Lane.

Union supporters are meeting at the organization's Land O' Lakes office, 21322 Lake Patience Road, at 4 p.m. Oct. 27 to prepare for the rally. Officials are asking supporters to make signs. Obama T-shirts will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Romney takes the stage at Land O' Lakes High School, 20325 Gator Lane, at 7 p.m. Oct. 27. The security gates open for ticketholders at 5 p.m.

Students Also Have a Voice
While school workers plan their protest, students are also organizing against Romney. Land O' Lakes High senior Zach Conn has created the closed Facebook group "Students Against Romney."

As of 9 a.m. Oct. 26, that group had 225 members.

Patch blogger Anjonette Hall recently wrote about the high school-based group.

It is unclear if students will join the protest.

Taking Part in the Counter Rally

For more information on the counter rally, visit the union's website, Facebook page or call Blankenship at 813-996-2119.

What do you think about the counter rally? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Carol Byrnes October 27, 2012 at 01:41 AM
How could anyone believe the president would care about teachers when he didn/t care about our Ambassador and even told those who wanted to help to "stand down". Absolutely heartbreaking.!!! And how come Fox News is the only Journalists brave enough to let us know about all this?? And how come women aren't outraged by the disgusting new Ad about a girl's first time?
Trinity October 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM
I think that they are protesting the Republican Party more than Gov Romney. Florida has been run by a total Republican government. The Gov,the House and the Senate are and have been for as long as I can remember, Republican. With States Rights this is swhere all funding comes from. And of course we are way overtaxed. Seriously? So I agree with most of you, give someone else a chance to make our state a better place to live and raise children. Vote Democrate for your local and state offices. They have way more power in Your lives then the President who ever wins.
Lou Molnar October 28, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Do the members of the Teachers Union believe in reaching across the aisle for the good of the students or do they believe in being lemmings to Union leadership? Remember, behind the curtain no one sees how you vote. Take your power back.
Colter95 November 03, 2012 at 08:49 PM
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Colter95 November 03, 2012 at 08:50 PM
I saw Obama yesterday claiming the new job numbers are proof that his policies are working and that we are in an economic recovery... Fact is, that is not the truth, or even close to the truth... First, the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9% and the year-to-date monthly average of 157,000 payroll jobs is barely enough to keep up with population growth -- much less make up for the 8 million jobs lost during the Great Recession. Second, the so-called real unemployment rate (U6) remains elevated at 14.6%, albeit down from 14.7% the prior month. Similarly, the labor participation rate is at 63.8%, up from its multi-decade low but still incredibly weak. Third, average hourly earnings fell a penny in October and average hours worked fell to 34.4 from 34.5 in September. Stagnant wages means "we're not generating income," Reinhart says. "That's a problem in terms of the durability of an economic expansion, which is usually fueled by consumption. To get consumption you've got to generate income." Also, just look at your checkbook. We are paying a lot more for everything now than we did in 2008. The price of gas has doubled. At the same time, wages have gone down, and that's if you're lucky to have a job. In 2008, 25 banks went out of business. In 2012, 48 banks have gone out of business. Almost double the amount. Does that sound like recovery to you? Don't believe the Obama lies!! Romney/Ryan 2012


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