May 22, 2018

Parents Of Stoneman Douglas Victims Announce Run For Broward County School Board

16 May 2018, 05:14 | Opal Carroll

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Parkland parents running for school board

The parents of two victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have filed papers to run for positions on the Broward County School Board.

"I want to do everything possible to make this school system a model that other districts will look and try to replicate", Alhadeff said.

Both campaigns are linked to Broward Parents for Better and Safer Schools, a political action committee led by Democratic consultants that was set up after the shooting.

They're also calling for transparency and accountability.

Petty and Alhadeff said the school district failed to properly respond to warning signs that Cruz was a troubled student with unsafe tendencies. 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". "He's implemented a lot of changes", Alhadeff said. "I'm still not satisfied with the answers to the questions I asked back then".

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"On Feb 14., when Alyssa was brutally murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I didn't want any parent to go through the anguish I went thorough or for any child to say, 'Mommy, am I going to die at school today?'" Alhadeff said.

Alhadeff, 43 is running for the District 4 seat, which Abby Freedman, 51, now occupies. She traveled to IN recently with some Parkland parents and school officials to visit a campus dubbed the "safest school IN America" to get ideas on how to improve school security.

Alhadeff is a former classroom teacher with a master's degree in education. "I had no idea the impact school board has on children and safety", Petty said. Incumbent Donna Korn has filed for reelection and has raised about $8,200.

But she and Petty do not favor firing Runcie.

The Broward County School Board represents the nation's sixth-largest school district.

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