Broward County Public Schools is the 6th largest school district in the country, with budget mismanagement and misallocation of funds. Robert Runcie, the Superintendent of BCPS, is under continuous pressure due to his failed leadership. Leadership so corrupted, that they are yet to find $3.5m that disappeared over a year ago. In Broward, rape and sexual violence, as well as molestation of students is an ongoing thing. If you find Elijah Manley's videos on YouTube, you'll see that he has been fighting the school board's non-action for years.

Elijah has a unique platform, one unlike any other. His platform is simple, but efficient. He believes that in order to restore confidence in education, we must fight to end the school-to-prison pipeline that leads so many of his peers from school into the criminal justice system. He believes that common core state standards are not preparing students for jobs and life, but instead on college and testing. His platform calls for a stronger teacher's union, the union which has been nearly crushed by the corruption of the school district. It calls for the respect for dignity and the human rights of students, and the disabled. You'll find out that FL is one of 5 states that still allows the use corporal punishment. In Broward County, that corporal punishment is used on ESE-Students with physical and mental disabilities. This not only includes the horrific physical treatment of these students, but the use of seclusion rooms and weaponry.

His likely opponent, Donna Korn, is a Rick Scott appointee, who has since ignored the complaints from teachers and students on the sexual violence and rape in BCPS. Donna Korn is one of the most unpopular school board members in Broward. For the first time in our generation, we have the opportunity to defeat a corrupt politician. We ask you to help us win for all of Broward's families.

PLATFORM

  • Increase in teacher pay: minimum of $50k/year (starting), and removal of the pay cap.
  • Opting out of common core state standards and standardized testing
  • Democratization of the school
  • New superintendent
  • Investigation into mismanagement and misallocation of funds
  • Revitalization of the bonds project
  • Establishment of jobs programs in schools
  • Universal lunch and dinner for students
  • Eradication of student homelessness
  • Fiscal responsibility in our budget
  • Accountability of leadership and officers in our school system
  • Clerical/non-instructional staff pay raise
  • End to the school to prison pipeline
  • Ending corrupt contracting deals and unnecessary spending
  • protecting immigrant, minority and LGBTQ students
  • Increasing technological advancement in schools, including digital textbooks readily available through tablet distribution to each student.
  • Ending corporal punishment and prison-like environment in schools
  • Protecting disadvantaged and ESE students
  • Believes in students rights and students voice.
  • Public schools deserve public money, not charter and privates schools.
  • End to privatization of schools services and school programs.
  • End to outsourcing of district jobs.
  • Roll back of teacher performance observations, restoring creativity in the classroom.
  • School reorganization, including the dismantling of excessive and unnecessary leadership positions.
  • Establishment of an outside inspector or auditor.

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  • Tyler Pribulick endorsed

    “As another 18 year old who ran for office I know the rough path he will have to take and I'm glad to support his campaign to best of my ability. I live in New York but I will phone bank for him.”

  • Roger Notario endorsed

    “#NewBlood”

  • Terry Altman endorsed

    “I support Elijah Manley because he has disabled veterans in mind, and today, there are an awful lot of those in this country.”

  • joni endorsed

    “Elijah is following his passion to truly represent the underrepresented. Our children who not only deserve an equitable and nurturing school environment, but it's imperative that they have such. For they're inheriting the toxicity of hundreds of years of pedagogy of the oppressed by predatory systems with their Roots in profit over everything else. Elijah Manley sees not only the dysfunction, but also the solutions. That which he'll come to further see while serving will come from working with those who have also cleared their vision. I'm ready to do what I can, as are many more. This is where there's hope to work with what's salvageable, and through supporting those truly called to teach build organically based upon the real life needs of our youth, they are our future. We are our future. Every choice we make determines so much.”

  • Michael Seker endorsed

    “Hes a leader with vision for the future”

  • Remington Alessi endorsed

    “Elijah isn't your usual politician. He cares intensely about people, which is exceedingly rare in the disingenuous world of politics.”

  • John DeVincent endorsed

    “I support Elijah Manley because he genuinely cares for the students and future of Broward County and he's a kind and revolutionary thinker we need more of in public service.”

  • Ben Sbarbaro endorsed

    “Universal Basic Income ✔ Universal Education ✔ Universal Healthcare ✔ Universal Housing ✔ Free food, access to water & clean air.”

  • Jason Dilan endorsed

    “He has the determination and passion necessary to help our youths in need.”

  • bryan greenbaum endorsed

    “We need to end corruption in our public schools. Save their funding and don't let Trump and Devos privatize education.”

September 1, 2017

Broward's homeless epidemic claims 2,752 students in 2017

According to the Broward County Public Schools' Student Services Department, 2,752 students in Broward are homeless. In the 6th largest school district, students have no place to go.

Of the 2,752:
3% = Preschool aged
51% = Elementary School aged (K-5th grade)
19% = Middle School aged (6th-8th grade)
27% = High School aged (9th-12th grade)

Yes, I understand that this is absolutely disgusting. It brings pain to my heart to know that there are absolutely no programs to help Broward's most desperate and needy. Shame. My platform calls for the eradication of student homeless by creating district-funded housing projects to house every family in Broward County. I remember a time in my life when I was homeless. Those were dark days, and I am grateful that I had family who were prosperous enough to assist my mother and siblings. Not every child has that privilege.

This summer, I have had the opportunity to assist five homeless students in Broward County. Five. That number is too many. We discovered that there were absolutely no programs to help the children I encountered. In the richest country in the world, and the 6th largest school district in the United States of America, this is embarrassing! That's why upon my election, I will introduce legislation to eradicate homelessness, build affordable housing; and send out a memo to principals requiring them to identify and assist families in need.

Not only is this the right thing to do, but it is the only progressive thing we can do. In the era of neo-liberalism, for-profit education, privatization, and the rise of the non-profit industrial complex, we need leaders who are going to stand up and fight back. We need leaders who are not afraid to say the truth, no matter how hard it is or who it hurts. The unconventional truth, must be heard. Working class people are struggling, while Broward's powerful politicians do nothing. Help me get elected, and I guarantee you: I will fight like no other ever has. I will take boundless efforts to improve your lives.


Solidarity,

Elijah Manley

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  • Tyler Pribulick endorsed

    “As another 18 year old who ran for office I know the rough path he will have to take and I'm glad to support his campaign to best of my ability. I live in New York but I will phone bank for him.”

  • Concerned Citizen endorsed

  • Roger Notario endorsed

    “#NewBlood”

  • Terry Altman endorsed

    “I support Elijah Manley because he has disabled veterans in mind, and today, there are an awful lot of those in this country.”

  • James Langford endorsed

  • joni endorsed

    “Elijah is following his passion to truly represent the underrepresented. Our children who not only deserve an equitable and nurturing school environment, but it's imperative that they have such. For they're inheriting the toxicity of hundreds of years of pedagogy of the oppressed by predatory systems with their Roots in profit over everything else. Elijah Manley sees not only the dysfunction, but also the solutions. That which he'll come to further see while serving will come from working with those who have also cleared their vision. I'm ready to do what I can, as are many more. This is where there's hope to work with what's salvageable, and through supporting those truly called to teach build organically based upon the real life needs of our youth, they are our future. We are our future. Every choice we make determines so much.”

  • Michael Seker endorsed

    “Hes a leader with vision for the future”

  • Remington Alessi endorsed

    “Elijah isn't your usual politician. He cares intensely about people, which is exceedingly rare in the disingenuous world of politics.”

  • David Elfant endorsed

  • John DeVincent endorsed

    “I support Elijah Manley because he genuinely cares for the students and future of Broward County and he's a kind and revolutionary thinker we need more of in public service.”

  • Travis Christal endorsed

  • Justin Rossi endorsed

  • Ben Sbarbaro endorsed

    “Universal Basic Income ✔ Universal Education ✔ Universal Healthcare ✔ Universal Housing ✔ Free food, access to water & clean air.”

  • Jason Dilan endorsed

    “He has the determination and passion necessary to help our youths in need.”

  • bryan greenbaum endorsed

    “We need to end corruption in our public schools. Save their funding and don't let Trump and Devos privatize education.”

  • Alison Bittick endorsed

    “Because he genuinely cares about the people and wants to make his community, this country, and this world a better and more just place. Peace and solidarity with your campaign my friend.”

  • Sedinam Kinamo Christin Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Moyowasifza Curry endorsed

    “He has American values!”

  • Matt Bewley endorsed

  • Stephen Scapelliti endorsed

    “Elijah Manley understands the issues that affect students and parents. He was educated in this system and knows how to improve it for the benefit of the community.”

  • Patrick Malichi endorsed

    “He's got the progressive ideas we need.”

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  • David de Hilster endorsed

    “I endorse this young man against the greed and corruption of today's politics.”

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  • Justin M. White endorsed

    “I'm an academic librarian in neighboring Lee County, and I'm thrilled by Mr. Manley's positions on education.”

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  • Victor Nieto endorsed

    “Mr.Manley is a fighter for the rights of the oppressed and will oppose the denial of a good quality education to the children of working people currently taking place.”