By all accounts, Denisha Merriweather is an up-and-coming young Jacksonville woman; an efficacious college graduate just about to enter graduate school.
Merriweather is also the successful product of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program, currently under attack by a joint lawsuit filed by the Florida Education Association/Florida School Boards Association.
The 60-second spot, produced by Sachs Media Group for the Black Alliance for Educational Options, features Merriweather’s story, as she discusses the importance the FTC program.
“I am thankful my godmother made the choice to put me in a different school, thanks to the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship,” Merriweather says in the ad.
The FTC gives low-income families choices in a child’s education, she adds. “And now teachers unions filed a lawsuit to end the program and push 68,000 schoolchildren out of their schools.
“That’s just wrong,” Merriweather says. “Please don’t kick them out.”
“SOS! Save Our Scholarships” is a statewide coalition that believes the state should protect Florida’s poorest students and uphold the rights of parents to send their children to the best school possible.
With the @DropTheSuit campaign, which includes Merriweather’s video, the alliance is calling on the FEA/FSBA to stop the legal attacks on the Tax Credit Scholarship Program.
“Drop The Lawsuit” will run immediately after tonight’s Florida gubernatorial debate on stations WCTV in Tallahassee and WPBF in West Palm Beach, and is now available on YouTube.