Some Indiana residents are reporting they've received survey calls from an organization asking questions about the Indiana State Teachers Association.
Here's a description of the calls from ISTA Vice President Teresa Meredith:
We have been notified by a couple of members this evening that there is a phone survey being done by a group, Mark It Red, and the questions that are being asked are very specific. The questions specifically ask about ISTA and if the person answering thinks ISTA is a promoter of the status quo, as well as questions related to payroll deduction vs a person having a choice in how their dues are paid, etc. These members contacted us because of the nature of the survey and its specific use of ISTA and the negative phrasing of the questions related to ISTA. There were, as you might expect, questions about candidates for state office as well.
Mark It Red, according to its website, is the work of "an independent-minded, political consulting firm," although it clearly limits its services to GOP candidates. "Mark It Red offers a fresh perspective to its clients. As the Republican Party has witnessed the rise and fall of too many of its leading voices, Mark It Red is dedicated to electing new and energetic leaders to advance our principles in an uncharted and challenging political terrain."
Congressman Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, is featured on the organization's website and its client list includes the Indiana Republican Party, House Speaker Brian Bosma, Sen. Jean Leising, Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas and Teresa Lubbers, former GOP state senator and current chief of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.
As concerns about the Republican administration's drive to privatize public education grow, it sounds as if some Republican group is trying to gauge public sentiment or plant negative sentiment toward the state teachers' union with a push poll.