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There are positive things going on in our public schools, thanks to our dedicated teachers and staff. However, we cannot ignore that our public schools are under attack and that our children are becoming nothing more than “an assembly line of tiny test takers”. 

We have the greatest opportunity to make meaningful changes at the local level. I want to build on what is going right and bring about positive change.

As a foster parent and educator I see what our children are facing; with a doctorate in Education from USF I know what is proven to work; born and raised here in Pinellas I am invested in my community.

I am running for Pinellas County School Board to:

  • Ensure that our children have a safe learning environment by partnering with local law enforcement, increasing beahaviorial & mental health services,  and making sure that behavioral problems in the classroom are addressed.

  • Close the achievement gap by building a bridge between parents, teachers, and the community. Students, regardless of any factors, deserve a quality public education that prepares them for the future.

  • Ensure that students are school ready; students who start strong finish strong. In conjunction with our community partners, we must align our resources to ensure that all students have early learning opportunities.

  • Advocate for teachers and school personnel by providing a competitive salary and good working conditions. We must be able to recruit and retain those who serve our children.

  • Create an ‘economic pipeline’ for our community. We need to better prepare students to enter the workforce, either directly out of high school or after college. Building our career academies, increasing the involvement of local businesses in those academies, and providing internships and apprenticeships must be a priority.

  • Work with our legislature to ensure funding for public education and stop wasteful spending on charter schools that are not performing.

I am proud to have a broad base of support, including Linda Lerner (School Board), Renee Flowers (School Board Chair), Eileen Long  (School Board), Mike Smith (Largo Vice Mayor), Pat Gerard (County Commissioner), Ken Welch (County Commission Chair), Ben Diamond (State Representative), Lisa Wheeler-Bowman (St Pete Council Chair),  Sam Henderson (Gulfport Mayor), Paul Ray (Gulfport Councilman), Mike Fridovich (Gulfport Councilman), Equality Florida Action PAC. I hope I can count on your support too.

Connect with me on Facebook (facebook.com/matt4pinellas) or via email (matt4pinellas@gmail.com).

News

Thursday, July 12, 2018 3:09 PM

Pinellas School Board candidates talk inequity, retaliation and more at wide-ranging forum

“Competitor Matt Stewart, raising his eyebrows at Grizzle's answer, said that, after four questions about retaliation against students and parents, the district clearly needs to talk openly about broken trust ...

Others offered more detailed ideas. Stewart rattled off plans to boost culturally responsive teaching, fully implement restorative justice practices, recruit and retain a diverse staff and offer more transparency in school performance before getting cut off for time.”


Thursday, July 5, 2018 12:00 AM

The Gathering of Pastors question candidates

Questions were taken from the crowd asking what measures would be done to ensure schools were safe for children at all educational levels.

But Dr. Stewart believes other measures are easier to implement and will make teachers feel safer and better able to protect themselves and their students. “School doors still don’t lock from the inside,” he reminded, also pointing out the need for mental health services for students. “Teachers have to go outside to lock their doors. This seems a very simple thing we can do.”


Friday, April 13, 2018 12:00 AM

Stewart announces run for Pinellas School Board

“As a foster parent and educator I see what our children are facing; with a doctorate in Education from USF I know what is proven to work; born and raised here in Pinellas I am invested in my community."


Thursday, April 12, 2018 12:00 AM

Veteran Pinellas School Board member Linda Lerner will not seek re-election

Lerner called Stewart a "wonderful candidate" and said she would contribute to his campaign: "I wish Matt a lot of luck."


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