• VOTE FOR RICHARD MENDELSON! District 6 Broward County School Board
    VOTE FOR RICHARD MENDELSON! District 6 Broward County School Board
  • VOTE FOR RICHARD MENDELSON! District 6 Broward County School Board
    VOTE FOR RICHARD MENDELSON! District 6 Broward County School Board
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About Dr. Richard Mendelson

Dr. Richard A. Mendelson is a second-generation Broward County Public School educator. He is also a product of the BCPS system, having graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 1996. Upon graduating from Stoneman Douglas High School, Dr. Mendelson matriculated at San Francisco State University where he majored in Psychology.

 

In 2002, Dr. Mendelson returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and began a career as a teacher in the Social Sciences Department, teaching World Geography and Cultures as well as Psychology I and II. During this time, Dr. Mendelson also completed his Doctoral Program, earning a Ph. D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, with his dissertation research exploring the emotional intelligence of former elite level athletes in the education workplace. He has also presents regularly to organizations such as the European Central Bank regarding the use of artificial intelligence and emotional intelligence and their application to security processes. During his time at Stoneman Douglas High School, Dr. Mendelson also served the community as the Chair of the SAC Committee, served as Faculty Sponsor for the Broward Disability Advisory Board.

 

After 13 years as a classroom teacher at Stoneman Douglas, Dr. Mendelson left to pursue the opportunity to serve as a Professor in the Graduate Psychology Department of Keiser University. His areas of expertise include the applied aspect of emotional intelligence in the workplace as well as diversity in the workplace. His focus is on social and emotional content and emotional education as it influences student performance and behavior. He has been a registered Volunteer for Broward County Public Schools for the past 3 years. His wife, Becky Mendelson, serves as a BRACE Advisor for a BCPS High School, and their son is enrolled in a BCPS elementary school in Cooper City.

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Here are the issues and principles Dr. Richard Mendelson stands on in an effort to bring sweeping positive change to Broward County Public Schools!

Presently, a teacher in Broward County Public Schools with a Bachelor’s Degree earns $40,752 base salary as a new hire. After 15 complete years of service, that same teacher with a Bachelor’s Degree will earn just $46,164 base salary. Simply put, that is not enough to support oneself or one’s family on in this area at this time. As such, Broward County Public Schools will not attract or retain highly qualified educators to serve as classroom teachers until this issue is addressed. As a classroom educator, I was often told that if a student’s needs are not met… If a student is hungry, or doesn’t have a warm bed to sleep in, he or she will not perform well in school. I believe that the same is true for our teachers. If a working profession’s needs are not met- if he or she cannot feed, clothe, and shelter his or her family- he or she will not perform well in the classroom. It is my sincere belief and opinion that teachers should earn more, BUT I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO IMMEDIATELY INCREASE TAXES TO MAKE THIS A REALITY. I believe that a thorough forensic accounting process as well as a thorough forensic human resources process will expose tremendous waste in the form of dollars already earmarked for personnel costs as well as the exposure of positions that serve little or no purpose in terms of their impact on student achievement or Administration of the organization. Elimination or restructuring of those positions and recuperation of the funds associated with these positions will allow for increased wages for classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, and school based security and custodial personnel.

In the wake of recent events, it has become shockingly clear that our schools are not as safe as they should be. It is my belief and opinion that through a blend of common sense, safety-minded actions, and appropriate use of technology, we can provide a more secure learning environment for the students, faculty, and staff of Broward County Public Schools. To provide this safe environment, we must make an effort to make schools hard targets, increase the number of qualified and armed Security Personnel, and use current technology to assist in identification of threats in an immediate fashion. Further, we must adapt, correct, or eliminate any policy or practice that decreases the ability of school-based Administration to successfully remove students who pose a threat to the safety of our schools and our children. Further, we must re-examine current contracts with law enforcement and security agencies to determine whether or not those funds would be better spent contracting private security personnel or taking other actions leading to the increased safety of our students and schools.

The current state of the systems in place in the Broward County Public Schools is such that leaders are able to delegate not only responsibility for tasks, but also accountability. Essentially, this means that instead of the Leadership being held accountable for failed policy and practice, the proverbial “ball” rolls downhill and accountability is shifted. This ploy often leads to little or no action taken to correct problems and remediate repeated failures in the part of decision-makers. It is my belief and opinion that we, as the citizenry, deserve accountability on the part of our elected officials as well as on those selected for the honor of serving our populace. I believe that we must begin to hold people accountable for their failures and work to correct them through more effective policy and practice of effective organizational leadership. Without accountability, there is no push for exceptional performance. We, as the citizenry, deserve exceptional performance from our elected officials and those who are selected and retained for positions by those elected officials.

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