THIS BLOG POST IS IN HONOR OF THE 17 SLAIN PARKLAND VICTIMS AND ALL THOSE WHO WERE INJURED AND TRAUMATIZED BY THE PARKLAND SCHOOL SHOOTING

This day has been set aside to honor the late beautiful and kind, Meadow Pollack, a student who died in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School shooting.  Each day for 17 days one of the 17 victims who were killed is being honored.  I wanted to take this opportunity to express to the families of these victims, as well as everyone who was injured or traumatized by this horrible tragedy, that despite all of the evil, incompetence and corruption that has been exposed in this county, good will prevail. Keep the faith!

I believe that, I know that and I want the families and this community to know that. My pastor says we must all be warriors for God. I believe anyone who is working to help expose the corruption, defeat the incumbent, incompetent Broward County School Board members, get Runcie and Israel indicted, expose the enormous corruption which is BTU (Broward Teacher's Union or Bully, Threaten and Undermine) and hold everyone accountable who could have prevented this senseless tragedy but chose not to is a warrior for God. Because this is not about politics, it is about right and wrong and protecting our children and their teachers as well as finally exposing the massive corruption that has plagued our school system for a long time.

I want the teachers in Broward county to stop being afraid to speak.  I want the teachers at MSD to get the professional help they need and deserve.  I want every school in Broward county to be hardened, safe, secure and buttoned up  I want our teachers to get the pay raises they deserve.

I want the families of the Parkland shooting victims who are at the polls talking to voters about the change we need to stop being harassed.  I want the families of all victims to see change happening NOW.  I want the world to see that none of these victims died in vain-that their deaths are the catalyst that will bring about the change and transparency we need in our school system, the removal of all corrupt politicians and public officers, their indictment and  harsh punishment for creating a system that then created a monster.  All of which could have been easily prevented by any of them if they had done their job.

So to all of you are who are fighting the good fight to take back our community from the hands of the corrupt, incompetent and ignorant, I leave you with one final thought and a whole bunch of love:

DO NOT BE OVERCOME BY EVIL BUT OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD.  ROMANS 12:28

  WE WILL OVERCOME!  #FIXIT

BROWARD RESIDENTS NEED TO STAND UP FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS-VOTE OUT THE SCHOOL BOARD INCUMBENTS

This is not a political message.  Just like I am color blind, I am also apolitical.  I don't care if you are a Democrat, a Republican or an Independent, politics are irrelevant when it comes to school safety AND when it comes to accountability for the Feb. 2018 Parkland massacre.

Because I am color blind, I don't see that School Board leader Runcie is black, just like I don't see that Sheriff Israel is white. I don't care if they both are purple or blue.  I hold them both equally accountable for that fateful day when we lost 17 precious people at MSD and many others were injured.  I also hold ALL of the current School Board members accountable for this tragedy.  Anyone and everyone who could have prevented this tragedy failed.  That has become pretty obvious pretty quickly.

But to make matters worse, Broward schools start again this week and I don't think they are any safer now than they were on February 13, 2018.  In fact, I think they are more dangerous now because it has become crystal clear that there are no security systems (or people) in place that adequately protect our students or teachers STILL.

Israel and Runcie are cut from the same cloth.  They are brothers from another mother.  They both make political decisions to protect themselves and their cronies that adversely impact the very people they are charged with the responsibility of protecting. Runcie and Israel cut deals to "pay back" their supporters with lucrative positions in their organizations and the award of pricey contracts to outside "consultants" who are people who will gladly do their dirty work for them. Both of these men are incompetent, corrupt, unethical and useless. They both need to be fired and then charged with neglect of duty and public corruption.  They reaped the rewards of living on the public payroll while not performing their responsibilities and now it is time for them to pay for that.  They both should be sitting in a cell beside Nikolas Cruz.  They created him.

Then let's talk about the poor Broward teachers.  Represented by BTU (which really stands for Bully, Threaten and Undermine not Broward Teacher's Union), the teachers have received no support from BTU. They have been threatened if they speak out about the atrocities of the School District and School administrators.   The teachers at MSD received no help, counseling or assistance with coping with the MSD shooting.  That is just wrong. But no one at the School District cares. Everyone in executive administration at BTU should also be held accountable and fired.  You can't represent the interest of the teachers in Broward County when you silence them, prohibit any teachers from receiving the help they desperately need, and bully anyone who stands up for them.

I urge the residents of Broward County to vote against any incumbent school board member.  Candidates like Richard Mendelson who actually have the experience and education to make reasoned decisions concerning school safety, safety procedures, personnel changes and a much needed cultural shift away from the priority of political considerations to the priority of hardening our schools and treating our teachers ethically and fairly need to be in office NOW.

 

BROWARD TEACHER'S UNION PROVES ONCE AGAIN THAT POLITICS COME FIRST

"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."  John 8:32

Finally, the Broward Teacher's Union (BTU) played its political hand on the Broward County School Board race and the truth has been revealed.  And folks, BTU has proven once again IT IS ALL ABOUT POLITICS IN THE BROWARD COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM.  BTU refused to endorse any candidate with ties to Stoneman Douglas, according to a Sun-Sentinel news report, and endorsed most school board candidate incumbents.

How is that possible? Why isn't BTU supporting any candidate that will make our schools safer, raise our teacher's salaries, require transparency from the top down by the Broward County School Board, and hold administrators in Broward schools accountable for their own malfeasance and nonfeasance?  The simple answer which has been true in every school board race for decades in Broward-POLITICS.

However, BTU's strategy has backfired. It is too obvious. BTU emphasizes the "Proven Record" of the Broward County School Board member encumbents being challenged in the current race as the basis for their continued support of these encumbents.  "Proven Record" of what you ask?  Well, that is easy. 

Everyone in Broward County has had a front row seat, since the MSD tragedy, to the parade of stories of corruption, cover ups, incompetence, inadequate security, unsafe buildings, accounting irregularities, and just plain old fraud that has plagued the BCSB for years.  Yet BTU supports the incumbents AGAIN????? Every teacher, student and parent of students in the Broward County school system should be furious and afraid because if all of these encumbents get elected again-NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE IN THE BROWARD COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM ("BCSS").

It is time that the truth set Broward voters free to vote for candidates who actually will make a difference and CHANGE THE WAY BCSS operates. For example, Laurie Rich Levinson has been a school board member for 8 years.  She is being challenged by newcomer, Richard A. Mendelson, Ph.D. 

Mendelson is the only candidate for BCSB (and is more qualified than any sitting member of the BCSB) that has any qualifications to lead the major overhaul that the School Board requires.  There is no other candidate with experience in the Broward County School System as a teacher as well as expertise in industrial and organizational psychology and security. 

Mendelson is running on a platform to create positive change in our schools and community as well as fight for fair pay for teachers, accountability at all levels of the school district., and to make safety and security of our schools a priority. How could BTU ignore a candidate with this kind of stellar credentials? What, exactly, has Levinson done to facilitate those goals in the last 8 years that she has "sat" on the School Board?  The answer will not surprise you.

Levinson's political clout is what has kept her in her "seat"-not her performance as an aggressive advocate for students, teachers, transparency of the school district, and/or elimination of corruption at all levels of BCSS.  Levinson's mother is Nan Rich, a Broward County Commissioner and prominent political figure.  BTU doesn't want to upset a politically powerful  county commissioner by supporting her daughter's rival-regardless of whether it is the right thing to do for the community, the schools, the students, their families, and the teachers. So folks, there is the sad truth.

Now knowing this truth, all voters in Broward County should cast a suspicious eye on all of the School Board incumbents who are running for re-election.  Furthermore, students, educators and parents in Broward County should feel FREE to speak out against the position of BTU and their political cronies who have placed politics over the safety, security, ethics, morality and legality of the administration and operation of our school system.  Politics should play no part in the education of our children, regardless of whether it concerns their safety on campus or the creation of ill-advised programs that hide the dangers lurking within our schools. 

The truth about BTU is irrefutable. Now my friends and neighbors in Broward County:

YOU ARE FREE TO STOP THE POLITICS AND SAVE THE CHILDREN!

VOTE AGAINST ANY SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE ENDORSED BY BTU.