A mailer from a pro-Broward School Bond committee fails to tell voters how much their vote could cost Broward taxpayers. The “Citizens For Safe and Modern Schools” committee sent a glossy mailer to Broward voters with giant “VOTE YES!” but no price tag. The School Board of Broward County is seeking $800 million in bonds which would be repaid over thirty years. The committee is headed by local businessman Alan Levy. Published reports state former Barack Obama operative Ashley Walker is running the committee’s campaign.
The mail piece states, “Every Broward public school will receive funding.” It lists several areas to be addressed with bond money. The items include single point of entry at schools, mold removal, new air conditioning and removal of lead paint. The group says new roof and window construction will secure “Our schools from weather elements.”
The mailer claims the bond measure will “[provide] $100K to each school for parents’ priority projects including upgrades to playgrounds, science labs, and music and art rooms.”
Finally, the committee claims Broward students do not have equal access to technology. Voting YES for the bond measure will get “our schools up to parity so all children have equal access to technology and new computers.”
Does Superintendent Robert Runcie and the Broward School Board agree that Broward students do not have “equal access to technology?” While the need for updated computers is well-known, it’s unclear if anyone ever admitted to unequal access.
How did the Citizens For Safe and Modern Schools determine Broward students do not have “equal access to technology?”
Why are they hiding the $800 million price tag from voters?
Smoke and mirrors may work in the Obama campaign, Ms. Walker, but Broward voters will closely scrutinize every request and campaign pitch related to Broward schools.