Thursday, 24 May, 2018


Parents of Parkland shooting victims run for school board

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Bennie Garza | 16 May, 2018, 16:05

Two parents of students shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida are running together for two seats on the Broward County School Board, Politico is reporting. "This isn't about replacing the superintendent", Petty said about his candidacy.

"Prior to Valentine's Day, I didn't understand impact school board has on our schools ..."

"There is no better way to ensure that the change this school system desperately needs is achieved than to have a seat at the table", said Alhadeff. 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".

The criticism became particularly loud once it was revealed that Cruz had participated in the district's PROMISE program, which helps to divert young men and women who commit a misdemeanor crime on campus away from prison. Since the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that claimed the life of her daughter, Alhadeff has started a nonprofit organization called Make Schools Safe Inc. The incumbent, Abby Freedman, has not filed to run for re-election. In addition to running for the school board, she and Petty said they would also continue to advocate for gun control, the Miami Herald reports.

Alhadeff is a former teacher with a master's degree in education. The mission of her foundation is to make schools across the country safe for all students and faculty so that similar tragedies will be prevented in the future.

Petty works in the telecom industry and was appointed to a state commission investigating the Stoneman Douglas tragedy. "He never actually entered the classroom", she said.

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

The parents of two Parkland shooting victims are taking their fight to the school district board in an attempt to see that changes are effectively implemented. He's challenging incumbent Ann Murray for the District 1 seat, which includes Hollywood, Hallandale Beach and Dania Beach. She is being challenged by Mikelange Olbel, who runs a nonprofit for underprivileged youth.

Both were scheduled to officially announce their candidacies on Tuesday.

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