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.

 

Mendelson Endorsed for Broward County School Board District 6

 

Brother of Slain Parkland Shooting Hero Aaron Feis Endorses Dr. Richard Mendelson for Broward County School Board

Broward County School Board District 6 candidate Dr. Richard Mendelson today received the endorsement of Ray Feis, brother of high school coach Aaron Feis, who was slain while protecting students during the Parkland shooting. Dr. Mendelson has pledged to improve the educational environment for students and teachers.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (PRWEB) May 11, 2018

Just weeks after announcing his campaign to serve District 6 on the Broward County School Board, Dr. Richard Mendelson today received the endorsement of his candidacy by Ray Feis, brother of the late high school coach Aaron Feis. Coach Feis died heroically after using his own body to shield students during the mass shooting that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in which 17 were killed and many more injured.

"Richard has always been a passionate advocate for our local schools and was a close friend of my brother Aaron,” said Ray Feis. “I'm proud to endorse Richard’s candidacy for the Broward School Board because I know he will be a champion for positive change in our community. I strongly support his pledged commitment to working for fair pay for our teachers, requiring more accountability in the school district, and making changes in public school safety to better protect our schools, students, teachers and administrators.”

“Our family, and many others in this community, suffered terribly as a result of the Parkland shooting but I will not allow Aaron’s death to be in vain. Richard is well equipped to be the catalyst of critical changes we need in the Broward School District. As a life-long educator and former teacher for 13 years at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, there is nobody more qualified to serve as a Broward County School Board Member and leader in our community than Richard Mendelson” said Feis.

For his part, Mendelson said today that he was “honored to have the support of Ray Feis, and I pledge as a member of the Broward County School Board to tirelessly create a safe, fulfilling educational environment for our students and teachers as well as implement aggressive policies and procedures to require accountability at all levels of the school district.”

He added: “As a second-generation Broward County Public School educator and a graduate of the Broward School system, I have deep roots in this District and in this community. In the tragic Parkland attack, I lost a close friend in Aaron Feis, who was like a brother to me. I feel compelled to step forward and utilize my knowledge and experience as an educator and an expert in industrial and organizational psychology to facilitate the necessary critical changes to our school system at every level.”

“The time has come to aggressively revamp our district operations, administration, finance and culture. I am eager to be part of this process and to work with the other School Board members to effect these changes as quickly as possible” said Mendelson.

For more information on School Board Candidate Richard A. Mendelson, Ph.D., please visit: http://www.mendelsonbcps6.com/.