BREVARD COUNTY, Florida -- A group of Brevard County parents announced today the formation of the Brevard Parents Political Action Committee. Organizers say the PAC is a non-aligned, non-partisan organization designed to provide parents of students in the Brevard Public Schools system a formal, independent mechanism to participate in decisions surrounding public education in Brevard County, Florida.
“Over the last few months it has become apparent that perhaps the largest stakeholder group in BPS, the parents of the 70,000 children in the system, are the least represented in decisions surrounding public education," Chairman David Rees said. "Decisions are taken by a small group of people on the recommendations of a small group of staff without real oversight and accountability to the people most affected by these decisions. Their only real accountability is every four years at re-election time, and our mission is to provide independent information to parents and voters based on careful and ongoing oversight of Board members’ performance.”
According to organizers, the PAC's initial focus will be on evaluating the performance, accountability, and responsiveness of parents concerns by serving board members; however, as Brevard School Board members come up for re-election, it will also evaluate candidates for each district, providing contributions and endorsement to those candidates who the Committee determines are likely to provide a stronger voice for parents in the school system.
“The concept is very simple,” said Vice Chair Margaret Goudelock “these Board members appoint the supervisor, set policy and make decisions that affect thousands of families across the county. They need to be monitored to ensure their decisions are made with the best interests of the county in mind. They haven’t done that, we intend to provide more transparency and accountability.”
Membership of the Brevard Parents Political Action Committee will be open to parents or guardians of students in the Brevard Public School system. Organizers say that the PAC will not align with or accept contributions from any other stakeholder organizations or political parties.