Friday, 17 August, 2018

Two Parkland shooting parents running for Broward School Board

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Parents Parents of Parkland shooting victims run for school board
Steven Clarke | 16 May, 2018, 14:58

The normally uneventful election for Broward County School Board has turned into a nationally watched race now that two parents of victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High have filed to run.

"If I don't stand up and let other parents understand the risks and threats that are in our schools, I miss an opportunity to honor the memory of my daughter and the memory of the other victims", Petty said. But they have to feel safe. Alhadeff also said discipline systems at the district need to be "revamped" because they have "gone from the complete extremes-from over-disciplining kids to not disciplining kids, which we have now".

"If I get elected to the school board, I can be part of making sure the law gets implemented", Petty told Politico. "I have to question that".

Petty and Alhadeff said they chose to run for school board seats in order to have a "seat at the table" to make changes in their own communities. Alhadeff is running for a Parkland-based seat, while Petty is filing for a county-based seat that is now held by a Gov. Rick Scott appointee. Freedman couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday.

Alhadeff is a former classroom teacher, according to the SunSentinel.

"It is my duty to make sure these schools are safe", she added.

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"I want to ensure schools provide safety and a quality education, and there is transparency and accountability", Alhadeff told the Sun Sentinel.

Petty is a telecom, media and technology entrepreneur who previously served as vice president of product development and innovation at ADT.

"Feb. 14 changed my world and opened my eyes to the impact school district policies have on the safety and security of our students", he said. Incumbent Donna Korn has filed for reelection and has raised about $8,200.

But she and Petty do not favor firing Runcie. "And the only way I'm going to do that is if I get on the school board to make those decisions and make those changes".

Alhadeff and Petty are being endorsed by a group of Parkland parents called Concerned Citizens of Broward County.

The Broward County school district is the sixth largest in the nation and the second largest in Florida. He's challenging incumbent Ann Murray for the District 1 seat, which includes Hollywood, Hallandale Beach and Dania Beach. "Right now, the school board isn't working for us".

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