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Broward School Board Members Defend Runcie’s Failures On Parkland Shooting, Other Mistakes

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Happy New Year!

It might be 2019, but it is the same old, tired story from two Broward County School Board members.

Members Laurie Rich Levinson of Weston and Rosalind Osgood of Fort Lauderdale remain delusional about the leadership of the public schools.

The two self-described “Leading Ladies of Broward” used WPLG Local10 to spew a dizzying display of deception in their defense of Superintendent Robert Runcie. 

This Week In South Florida’s host Michael Putney tried to pin down Levinson and Osgood. It was like trying to nail jello to a wall.  Or trying to get a straight story from Donald Trump. 

Runcie’s leadership has been sterling and has improved the schools, argued Levinson and Osgood, using selective data to prove their point.

  • Levinson and Osgood didn’t mention that the $800 bond referendum has become another broken promise from Runcie and the Board. Most of the money remains unspent four years after the bond referendum’s passage. The current estimated completion date of the projects are now two years later than promised.  They will cost $100 millions over the original budget.
  • Levinson and Osgood said nothing about Runcie’s horrible record of hiring and retaining administrators.  For instance, Runcie is on his fourth construction manager since 2012.
  • Levinson and Osgood ignored that Runcie stalled any investigation into the Stoneman Douglas shootings for four months until a state commission took over the probe.
  • Levinson and Osgood tried to excuse why they still don’t have many necessary policies needed to keep students and teachers safe during a school shooting. This was their biggest and most dangerous delusion. 

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, Jan. 9, 2019

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Buddy Nevins has been a South Florida journalist for over 40 years. His columns appeared in the Fort Lauderdale News and then the Sun-Sentinel. Nevins now writes for his own website, www.browardbeat.com. The opinions expressed by Buddy Nevins are strictly his own and not those of the SouthFloridaReporter.