Elusive School Board candidate Hubert St. Clair to wants the Broward School District to focus on digital learning, technological reform and Common Core. St. Clair is challenging School Board Member Nora Rupert for the District 7 seat. In a telephone interview with RED BROWARD, St. Clair stated he was “best friends” with controversial Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness. “Dale Holness is my best friend,” St. Clair said, “when you find him you will find me.” St. Clair stated Holness was one of two individuals running his campaign.
St. Clair provided RED BROWARD with a family photograph, a brief biography, and a multiple page platform. Born in December 1960, St. Clair states he earned an Associates degree from Broward Community College. He went on to earn a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University and a Masters in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University. For the last thirteen years, St. Clair has worked for the Broward School District. He is married with one child.
St. Clair’s platform includes the usual school related issues such as cutting the high school dropout rate, fighting mismanagement and improving communications with parents. He emphasizes “digital learning” and technology reform. St. Clair writes, “Digital learning is the use of technology to expand choices and avenues of instruction. [It] is the only option that has the great potential to make education customizable and enhance personalized learning at a level you do not find in other options.”
St. Clair calls the highly controversial Common Core, “[T]he single greatest opportunity for our country to advance.” Common Core has become increasingly unpopular among conservatives, parents, students and even teachers. He writes, “It provides a common set of standards that innovators, teachers can all target toward, rather than 50 different sets of standards. There have been too many different sets of standards from state to state. We think it is moving in the right direction to get states thinking about the traits that lead to high-quality learning.”
Mr. St. Clair did not respond to questions surrounding his campaign finances. On Monday, Buddy Nevins of BrowardBeat.com reported St. Clair paid the $1,637.28 even though his financial reports claim he has no money in his account. The Broward Supervisor of Elections office sent a letter to St. Clair asking for an explanation. Nevins wrote, “If St. Clair continues to thumb his nose at the elections laws, he will be reported to the Florida Elections Commission. The commission polices election laws and can impose fines.”