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We are voting for Billy. Let us tell you why.

Teachers, parents, paras, students, grandparents, and business owners support Billy. Hear from them in their own words. Shaundra Ellis provided a video. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO WATCH. As an educator, I appreciate it when someone recognizes the hard work and dedication teachers show every day. Billy Townsend partnered with PEA to lobby for raises in a year everyone else said…

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How Billy defeated the foolish 2017 impasse and delivered staff raises

On the foolish advice of anti-teacher Tallahassee lawyers, the School District essentially declared impasse against its teachers and unionized staff in 2016 by offering a zero percent raise. It formalized impasse a few months after my election and sought to unilaterally impose a multiple harmful provisions on our staff. I fought the entire School Board and district staff leadership to…

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A point of information on the word “for.” I am not the incumbent.

Section 106.143 of Florida statutes contains this paragraph. “No political advertisement of a candidate who is not an incumbent of the office for which the candidate is running shall use the word “re-elect.” Additionally, such advertisement must include the word “for” between the candidate’s name and the office for which the candidate is running, in order that incumbency is not…

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The Stigmatized 5, part 2: Community, death, and life

By my count, the four stigmatized Winter Haven schools, plus McLaughlin in Lake Wales, have had a total of 18 principals since 2012, when my incumbent opponent took office. Feel free to count for yourself if you want to verify. I’ve posted below the report the district sent me. It’s what death looks like for learning community leadership. It’s what…

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My opponent is wrong: Jacque Bowen won’t be missed

Jacque Bowen was not an asset to this school system. I have discussed the performance of Polk’s outgoing Chief Academic Officer with in an incredibly diverse array of local stakeholder and activist groups, teachers, principals, and parents. Not one person openly praised her. They were and are numbingly consistent in their critique of her. All one needs to do is…

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