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I have watched my children’s teachers struggle to find the resources necessary to provide a spectacular education. It isn't just my children not getting the education they deserve but everyone’s children that are being shorted during the most important and formative years of their lives.
After reviewing the budget for the schools, funded with our tax dollars, I have to be honest with you, there is a significant amount of waste embedded in our school system. Money that could have much better use if redirected into the classrooms.
I do not want to see one more teacher have to dig into their own pocket to provide supplies for their classroom.
Steven Allen is a resident of Port St. Lucie. He is married with three school age children.
A Magna Cum Laude graduate from Liberty University with a degree in Aeronautics.
Steve attended flight school in Fort Pierce, FL at Pan Am International Flight Academy where he received all flight certificates and became a flight instructor himself.
He is currently employed as a Captain on the Airbus at Allegiant Air as well as a small business owner here in St. Lucie County.
We cannot start changing things unless I get elected. Plain and simple, my opponent has no vested interest in making changes. She has held the seat for eight years and we have nothing to show for it. Her election will mean another four years of the status quo.
Certainly, it is time for a change.
We need to do this together and I need your help.
Help get out the word, and of course contributions of any amount are most welcome and greatly appreciated.
Lately I have been asked about Standardized Testing more and more by the people I approach. This is obviously a hot topic around St. Lucie County, Florida and even the country as a whole.
My position is that our time and resources should be spent directly on the students. Standardized tests are more about evaluating the teacher than about evaluating the student. Although I believe that we should constantly evaluate ourselves to foster improvement, I believe that testing should be local.
Local testing allows the teachers to evaluate the students individually and gives them a better picture with which to formulate and tailor a plan to bring the student to standards by the end of the school year.
The teachers are professionals and have built relationships with the children. We should let them do what they do best and that is to educate our children.