Pinellas School Board candidates invited to pledge support at FAST assembly tonight

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.

Pinellas faith-based group’s rally urges leaders to reduce youth arrests and fix failing schools

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.

Amid war of words, Pinellas changes discipline policy

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.