October 24, 2016. The Tampa Bay Times.
All four Pinellas County School Board candidates have been invited to stand with a faith-based group pushing a bill to curb arrests among children.
Faith and Action for Strength Together, or FAST, has invited the candidates to a St. Petersburg assembly — one of 10 held around the state — to pledge to eliminate out-of-school suspensions, reduce unnecessary arrests and support effective reading curriculum in high-poverty schools.
May 5, 2016. The Weekly Challenger.
ST. PETERSBURG — Thousands of community members from across Pinellas County gathered Monday, April 18 at Tropicana Field to ask local officials to do more to keep the youth out of the criminal justice system and to keep families in their homes.
April 18, 2016. Tampa Bay Times.
Gwen Anderson made sure administrators at Bay Point Middle School were aware that her eighth-grade grandson was struggling with traumatic childhood experiences.
So when he got five days of out-of-school suspension, Anderson, a former principal, fought it with administrators, feeling that time out of the classroom would only hurt him more.
April 18, 2016. BayNews9.com
ST. PETERSBURG — Nearly 3,000 people gathered at Tropicana Field Monday night to come up with solutions for problems ranging from issues in the schools to problems with Pinellas County’s phone system for getting help.
February 9, 2016. The Tampa Bay Times.
The Pinellas County School Board agreed Tuesday to cut the number of days a student can be suspended out of school and to stop docking absent students’ grades, even as some members fired back at critics who seek to further curb punishments that disproportionately affect the county’s black students.