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Friday, July 27, 2018 12:00 AM

Times recommends: Matt Stewart for Pinellas County School Board

He represents a demographic that the School Board is lacking: a young professional who as a foster parent will have kids in the school system.

Stewart would bring new energy and a fresh perspective to the School Board. For Pinellas County School Board District 6, the Tampa Bay Times recommends Matt Stewart.


Thursday, July 19, 2018 12:00 AM

Who will represent your child?

Dr Matt Stewart: “I think the number one thing that parents want is for their child to come home safe at the end of every day.”


Tuesday, July 17, 2018 12:00 AM

In District 6, School Board candidates offer ideas on teacher pay, achievement gap and more

Born and raised in Clearwater, he has deep local roots, and as a foster parent, he said he’s driven to protect public schools.

"If anyone says there is not a war on public education they’re wrong," Stewart said. He wants to hold charter schools accountable and boost recruitment and retention through better pay and a healthier working climate for teachers and support staff.


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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