Well, we found the answer... those gullible people were really not people at all!!!
StudentsFirst's Facebook "likes" were bought from Bangladesh!!!
We aren't kidding! Look:
Search on Facebook for "We Sell Likes in Bangladesh." You'll see that anyone can buy 1000 likes for about $15 bucks. (Click HERE to go buy likes or fake friends for yourself.) Click HERE to read an article that tells about the dishonest business of buying popularity on social media sites.
Check out this page from StudentsFirst in Alabama:
See that their most popular age group is 18-24 year olds?
See how the graph lines were pretty low until it spiked the week of March 9?
Yep, apparently, someone bought themselves some cheap, overseas popularity... because informed parents sure don't "like" what StudentsFirst is pushing on our kids and schools in America!
No, we don't "like" their corporate donors profiting from our kids and our public schools.
No, we don't "like" their stinking vouchers or manipulative parent trigger law.
No, we don't "like" our kids doing common core.
No, we don't "like" our public schools converted to charter schools for their profit at the expense of our children.
Smart parents want strong neighborhood public schools in their communities, which is the total opposite of what StudentsFirst spends its millions of dollars on in our state to lobby our elected officials and fund campaigns to sway our politicians.
StudentsFirst is, literally, buying votes in TN. Unfortunately, their money in TN makes them very popular. The TN legislators who received the most money from StudentsFirst (Senator Delores Gresham, Rep. John DeBerry, and the members of the Education committees) vote lock-step with what StudentsFirst wants. Every. Single. Time. (That's a big reason that the TN House just circumvented those bought & paid-for committee members by hijacking a bill and adding amendments on it to delay PARCC & common core.)
This is what we Momma Bears now like to affectionately call, "Faux Parents." See, when Commissioner Kevin Huffman told a group of rich Chamber of Commerce people that he couldn't possibly listen to parents because there are many "Faux Parent" groups in TN with ulterior motives, we thought he was talking about Momma Bears and groups like ours. Obviously, we were wrong. He was talking about his ex-wife's organization, StudentsFirst! (Okay, he really was probably talking about us and trying to discredit our voices, but still, you gotta note the irony of his claim and the truth of StudentsFirst's purchased popularity!) Check out the Twitter storm (#fauxparent) to see pictures of real parents holding signs about being a "faux parent." Parents, sure do have great senses of humor!
The sad part of this can be stated by a mom who said this:
"StudentsFirst has lobbyists galore up on the hill telling our legislators that they are speaking on behalf of parents. They are just neglecting to mention that the parents are living in Bangladesh not the US and certainly not Tennessee."
With tongue-in-cheek, she also says:
"Clearly Rhee (Michelle Rhee, CEO of StudentsFirst) is not on her "A" game because her home state of California only has 241 likes on it. Seems like someone needs to put a call in to the folks in Bangladesh and get that fixed."
Considering Michelle Rhee's cheating scandal and how her organization has paid big campaign bucks to gullible politicians, this Facebook debacle doesn't surprise Momma Bears one bit.
Here's our new Momma Bears facebook page. "Like" us because you really do, not because you're paid to. Thanks!