Letters to the Editor

Cast your ballot with kids in mind

Miami-Dade teachers look the future in the eyes every day when we walk into our classrooms. On Aug. 30, even if you don’t work in a school, you can help shape the future for our district’s 350,000 students with your vote for mayor and members of the Miami-Dade School Board.

The School Board calls a lot of shots. The next board will have to grapple with overtesting, resources for students and how to help our district attract top-notch talent. The United Teachers of Dade has endorsed candidates who can meet these challenges.

District 1: Wilbert “Tee” Holloway has a record of accomplishment in the Legislature and on the School Board. He has worked to upgrade technology in schools and add new academic programs.

District 6: Modesto Abety is a true champion for children. As former president and CEO of The Children’s Trust, which invests $140 million a year in top-quality programs for children and families, Abety has demonstrated the innovative leadership we need on the board.

District 7: Lubby Navarro is a native of Cuba and a graduate of Miami-Dade public schools. Her experience as a top official in the state Legislature and County Commission — and as a School Board member — helps bring stakeholders together to deliver for our students.

UTD recommends candidates for election based on qualifications, not party affiliation. Republican Gov. Rick Scott appointed Navarro to the School Board. Holloway served in Tallahassee as a Democrat. As far as we’re concerned, it’s the ABCs that matter and not the Rs or the Ds.

In the mayor’s race, UTD is backing Raquel Regalado, who first became involved in public service as the parent of a child with autism. On the School Board, her passion for children has made her an effective fighter for all families in our district.

On Tuesday, think about the future when you cast your ballot.

Karla Hernández-Mats, president, United Teachers of Dade, Miami