A BALANCED APPROACH, UNWAVERING LEADERSHIP.
I believe in strong Innovation for our schools. We must fund projects that promote innovative learning.
Common core and standardized testing has snatched the Arts and Sciences out of our schools. We must restore them by opting out!
Schools are a place to learn and develop. We must prepare our students for the workforce, and for life after high school.
I will fight to restore steps for teachers. Florida's law ending continuing contracts is a major anti-union piece of legislation that needs to be repealed.
I believe that common core has kept our county behind in education, and so has standardized testing. We must opt out now.
I believe that we should not allow any student to be arrested from our campuses for non-violent offenses. We must reform our discipline matrix to ensure that recidivism rates go down.
Our school district has a multi-billion dollar budget. There is no reason why any child should be sleeping out on the streets, or going to school hungry.
As someone who was a disadvantaged student with disabilities, I believe that more funding should be allocated towards protecting students with disabilities
I believe that public revenue should be going to public schools before charter and private schools.
I will fight to fully end the use of corporal punishment in Broward County Public Schools.
Our district has forgotten about non-instructional/clerical staff. The district should be ashamed of how they're treating and paying them. I propose a 42% salary increase for ALL clerical staff.
An end to the authoritarian form of schooling, and a beggining to a democratized system that value student voice and rights.
Every student should receive digital textbooks, a computer, and/or a tablet so that they can study and learn from home.
Due to ineptitude and mismanagement of taxpayer dollars, the General Obligation Bond has been mismanaged. We must demand transparency with the bond money.
We have a very top-heavy district. It is beyond time that we return power to the classroom level. Micro-management of teachers is not the way to address our district's issues.
I will unravel a new program called Broward EATS, to ensure that all students are fed at-least 3 meals a day, year-round.
Together, we will eradicate student homelessness in Broward County, with less wasteful spending. I'll support efforts by many elected officials in Broward to promote affordable housing.
I wills serve as a liaison between the district and the Federal/State Government, to ensure that every child has healthcare, regardless if their families can pay for it or not. I believe that we need to establish a special taxing district to achieve this goal.
Broward County's achievement gap has been closing, but there is still more work needed. I will work with educators, experts, and policy researchers to identify, and close all gaps and disparities in education.
I do not support defunding charter and private schools, however-- public schools should get access to public dollars first and foremost. I am heavily skeptical of School choice, because it leads to blind segregation of schools.
I will work with Broward's representatives in the Florida legislature, to fight for a just, fair, and a reasonable property tax system.
I will propose that Broward County lead the path to a sustainable future, by powering all of our schools and facilities with solar power and clean energy.
I believe that it will be tremendously progressive, less expensive, and a great option, to provide kindle E-readers to all students in Broward County.
I believe that the district should forgive all students of obligations and debt. It is only moral.
"For years, Stranahan High school in Fort Lauderdale has wallowed in disrepair, waiting for much-needed fixes to its aging and rusting infrastructure." -Sun Sentinel.
Elijah Manley says not for long.
I will address the mold epidemic in our schools, and demand that Superintendent Runcie restore our facilities and stop wasting taxpayer dollars.
I propose newer, more efficient school buses and higher pay for operators. Operators, in fact, are hard working people who deserve to be treated with decency.
Every school should have programs like woodshop, art, and law. Magnet schools enforce racial segregation in the south by limiting a student's choice to what schools they can attend to pursue their careers and interests.
It is beyond time that we build partnerships with the private industry to complete projects on time. I think we must maintain a competitive bidding process, and pay contractors on time.
SMART (Safety, Music & Art, Athletics, Renovation, and Technology) programs funding should increase.
I've had the opportunity to visit Hallandale High School in Fall 2017 on several occasions. There are so many issues needing to be addressed, ranging from cafeteria expansion, and bigger classrooms. I propose an entirely new Hallandale High School.
I will NOT cooperate with ICE, the Trump administration, or the federal government on immigration. I will protect and defend all immigrant students and their families, including undocumented immigrants.
I will actually work all 5 days of the week unlike my opponent, who has missed 56 school board meetings. I will attend school meetings, and visit classrooms.
I will fight for safe schools and single point of entry. What happened at Stoneman Douglas should have never happen. I stand in solidarity with the Never Again movement for gun reform.
I support common sense gun reform that will ensure that our schools are safe and secure from threats.
After the Parkland shooting, so many people were upset and looked for a scapegoat to satisfy their anger. I support the Promise Program because of what it has done to reduce the recidivism rate, and help students of color.
I believe in having sexual education that is inclusive for all of our children, regardless of their sexual orientation. I oppose abstinence only sex ed.
We need a district-wide aftercare program, that provides parents with the ability to have their children taken care of after school.
We must reform our alternative schools, and provide them with the funding necessary to provide critical support services to our children.
We must address sexual violence and assault in our schools. As a survivor rape, I will make addressing sexual violence a priority of the Broward County School District.
My goal is to keep taxes low. We can do that by establishing a mileage system that doesn't require taxpayers to bail put the district every four years.
Full protection of reproductive freedom is indispensable to economic opportunity and security for patients and their families. Greater bodily & reproductive autonomy—whether in the form of access to birth control, abortion, paid family leave, or child care—affords people in Broward County greater economic security and mobility. Expanding that autonomy through access to affordable quality healthcare ensures economic success in our communities.
Elijah is going to invest funding into mental health funding. He will ensure that there are enough guidance counselors in our schools, and available mental health professionals. Elijah also believes that the district should expand support services for students after high school.
I am a strong believer in fiscal responsibility. I believe that every proposal should have a plan for paying for it. So here's my plan. We will create a special taxing district, to raise revenue via property tax to pay for essential services like: school infrastructure, school safety & security, teacher pay increases, student healthcare, food programs, etc. The benefits of a special taxing district is quite simple: we stop relying on the state to fund everything, because they are not going to. In addition, it is a more permanent solution to the funding crisis, stopping the "bail us out" every four years thing the district does. Finally, we can raise so much revenue, and have so much transparency and accountability. The average property owner will save in taxes, and we will raise billions of dollars over the course of a ten year period. Yes, I'm 19 years old.