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Broward School Board’s “Don’t Say Gay” Political Stunt Fizzles

Broward Democrats and the their usual allies love a good political stunt especially when at the expense of a Republican governor. A few years ago, a “Pink Slip Rick” protest at the Broward School Board headquarters had activists lining the streets of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Local television outlets beamed pictures of teachers and students holding signs bashing then Governor Rick Scott. Local elected officials, candidates and activists fell over themselves trying to get the media to show how much they disliked Republicans.

The political drama unfolding at Tuesday’s school board meeting should have been a repeat of rallies past. Now, the Democrats on the board were set to debate a resolution opposing Governor Ron DeSantis’ signing of parental rights legislation. Designed to keep inappropriate sexual and gender identity topics out of kindergarten, first, second and third grade classrooms, Democrats dubbed the law “don’t say gay” in an attempt to rally their base.

Broward School Chair Laurie Rich Levinson said the proclamation was a sign of “support of gay students, employees and the community.” While several Board members claimed the proclamation was not political, it did state that Governor Ron DeSantis signing of HB 1157 lead to “further “stigmatizing of LGBTQ youth.” Sure it’s hogwash, but that kind of political hogwash should have filled the streets with DeSantis haters and other ne’er do wells.

And when Chairwoman Levinson announced a change in rules because twenty or more citizens signed up to speak, many observers envisioned a long day ahead.

The first five speakers were students from Pompano Beach High School. They supported the proclamation.

Then, six people opposed the proclamation. This group included a Republican running for US Congress and a candidate for the Broward School Board.

Finally, the Broward Democrat machine looked ready to go into high gear.

Another Broward School Board candidate spoke in favor of the proclamation.

Then Broward Teachers Union (BTU) president Anna Fusco addressed the Board. She was followed by perennial whiner Michael Rajner, left-wing Hallandale Beach Commissioner Sabrina Javellana and the president of the Dolphin Democrats.

That was it.

No other elected officials lending their support. No other activists. No members of the African-American community.

A dud.

What happened?

Sure, scheduling will be used as an excuse. But citizens were allowed to call with comments.

Maybe some Democrats saw the issue as old news?

Maybe the Broward Democrat Party’s total disinterest in the Broward School Board is a factor.

But maybe, just maybe, even Broward Democrats sense the prevailing political winds swirling around the Sunshine State.

Why waste a Tuesday afternoon bashing the highly popular Governor DeSantis when he’s going to win anyway?

Chris Nelson opposed the proclamation

Black Elected Officials Accuse Broward School Chair Nora Rupert Of Using Parkland Tragedy To Attack Fellow School Board Members

Congressman Alcee Hastings and Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness claim Broward School Board Chair Nora Rupert is using the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy to attack her fellow School Board members. A May 17, 2018 letter to Rupert from the Broward Black Elected Officials, Inc., signed by Hastings and Holness, reiterated the group’s strong support for the controversial PROMISE program. The letter states, “[PROMISE] practically eliminated the school house to jail house pipeline that has caused predominantly Black students to be shackled with lifelong criminal records…because of minor behavioral infractions.

Hastings and Holness told Rupert the current “divisive political environment” was “sabotaging” efforts by local leaders to find new solutions to “issues that affect our students, parents and communities.”

Then, the group claims Rupert is behind the divisive atmosphere.

Hastings and Holness wrote, “We are especially concerned that there may be those in leadership, which allegedly includes you, who are using the pain of parents who lost children to gun violence as a tool to promote personal agendas and vendettas.”

The group called on Nora Rupert to “stop immediately, and you must cease any role you are playing in this unethical pursuit.”

On Friday, Dale Holness said the PROMISE program played no role in the MSD shooting. “His evil didn’t come from Promise,” Holness said. “To take that and punish all the children who are benefiting from Promise is not right.”

Hastings and Holness renewed their support of Superintendent Robert Runcie and Board Members Rosalind Osgood, Abby Freedman, Donna Korn, Laurie Rich Levinson and Ann Murray.

Nora Rupert told the Sun-Sentinel she was “a little taken aback by this letter. They didn’t have a ‘for instance.’ We’re all struggling here. I would never do anything to harm at-risk students.

Rupert is the only current Board Member to receive the backing of the Concerned Parents Of Broward County Group. Rupert is facing re-election in August. This group is supporting a slate of new candidates challenging Board Members Donna Korn, Laurie Rich Levinson, and Ann Murray. Abby Freedman announced she will not seek re-election.

Rupert’s claims to the Sun-Sentinel seem disingenuous at best. Earlier this month, BrowardBeat reported Nora Rupert’s fellow Board Members refused to take a group photo with her. Buddy Nevins wrote, “No, Board members and staff can’t stop whispering about members Abby Freedman, Laurie Rich Levinson and Rosaline Osgood’s refusal to take the traditional group picture as long as Nora Rupert is Board Chair. This from staff and board sources.”

Five years ago, Rupert dug a note out of the garbage can. Nevins wrote, “In 2013 Osgood and Freedman were caught acting like two naughty teens in class, passing a Post-it note on the dais during a meeting. One of them threw the note in the garbage and it was quickly fished out. The Post-it was found contain nasty scribbles about Rupert, calling her a ‘a selfish bitch’ among other terms.”

A fellow Board Member confirmed the story to REDBROWARD five years ago.

Many political insiders believe Nora Rupert won the support of Parkland parents over their belief she will vote to remove Superintendent Runcie.

Multiple sources claim Rupert has mentioned the possibility of local political operative replacing Runcie.