The National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE) recently offered the following guide to using Twitter during National School Choice Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2014. NSBA is a member of NCPE, which is made up of more than 50 education, civil rights, civic, and religious organizations that work together to fight vouchers and promote strong public schools.
Thank you for engaging in NCPE’S twitter campaign during National School Choice Week. This information should be of use to anyone in your organization who has a twitter account and is interested in helping NCPE successfully counter the pro-voucher messaging that will be a major part of National School Choice Week’s campaign.
Tip #1: School Choice Week will be using the hashtag #SCW. While it’s unnecessary to use this hashtag for every tweet, consider emphasizing and borrowing the #SCW hashtag some of your tweets. This will allow NCPE to disrupt the narrative the Choice Week organizers are putting out and will make our social media campaign a success.
Tip #2: Try not to overload your tweets with hashtags. If you’ve used #voucher, you don’t really need to add #voucherfail at the end. The more concise the tweet, the higher the likelihood others will re-tweet you.
DC schools couldn’t account for more than 1 in 5 students given taxpayer-funded vouchers. #voucherfail http://bit.ly/1bWbx5V
#Vouchers have helped spread the teaching of junk creationist “science.” http://on.msnbc.com/1eHJ8E7
DC’s voucher schools vary drastically because the system lacks basic quality controls. #voucherfail http://wapo.st/1cBCCid
Taxpayer-funded tuition tax credits in Georgia fund schools with anti-gay policies and curriculum. http://nyti.ms/1dwHHpH #schoolchoicefail
Test scores shows that students in Milwaukee public schools outperformed students in #voucher schools http://bit.ly/1ghHKJt
Voters don’t like vouchers: over 30 years, voucher ballot measures have been defeated every time they appeared on a ballot #voucherfail
#Voucher schools often discriminate against students with special needs http://bit.ly/1eHLKla
Religious freedom provisions in many state constitutions bar vouchers for religious schools http://bit.ly/1bSdf8q #voucherfail
Florida voters rejected a constitutional amendment to funnel public funds directly to religious schools in 2012 http://bit.ly/1aIejvV #voucherfail
Public funds should pay only for public schools that are open to all children and accountable to the taxpayers. #voucherfail
Your taxpayer dollars shouldn’t fund #vouchers for schools that teach creationist “science” or debunked “Christian nation” history.
#Vouchers are ineffective, lack accountability to taxpayers, and deprive students of rights provided to public school students #voucherfail
Public funds for public schools! Tax dollars should fund education for everyone, not a select few. #voucherfail
Our public schools deserve support. They’re safe, neutral zones where students can learn free of discrimination #voucherfail
#Voucher schools use your tax dollars. So what do they teach? http://on.msnbc.com/1eHJ8E7
Sectarian #voucher schools can discriminate against students based on special needs, sexual orientation, and gender.
#Voucher schools don’t solve social inequality. They contribute to it: http://bit.ly/1er5YPU
In North Carolina, #vouchers give taxpayer money to homeschool families, too. http://bit.ly/1hwhHC0
Private school #vouchers don’t actually guarantee students a safe, quality education.
Also, we welcome you to link to our #voucherfail tumbr at http://voucherfail.tumblr.com/. We already have relevant articles posted there. And, we have some funny memes from last year that you might want to direct people to again this year. Keep checking it too, as we will continue to update it during school choice week.