Broward superintendent responds to ad
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida school superintendent is defending himself from some unflattering advertisements.
The Broward Teachers Union is making strong allegations against Broward Superintendent Jim Notter. They accuse him of wasting tax payers' money.
At a press conference Wednesday, Notter said the fact that children were used in a newspaper ad forced him to step forward to address the allegations. "I would not be here before you today had it not been for children being put in that ad," he said. "My core value system is about the children from this school system, and when I have to see them exploited, I gotta tell ya, that's a tough pill for this superintendent to swallow."
The half-page advertisement ran in the "Miami Herald" and "Sun Sentinel" and claims Notter is "wasting your tax dollars" on perks and expenses, which were supposedly intended for special education students. "He doesn't want the public to know how he's spending and wasting their tax dollars," said John Ristow of the Broward Teachers Union.
Ristow accuses Notter of using school funds for inappropriate uses instead of using that money to save jobs. "The employees of Broward Schools have been pointing out hundreds of millions of dollars in ways that he could cut the budget, instead of employees," Ristow said.
The controversy comes as the school district struggles to balance the budget with an $80 - $100 million deficit while in negotiations with the teachers union over contracts. Ristow said kids in the ad are all the offspring of employees of Broward Schools. "The children that are featured in the ad are living paycheck to paycheck," he said.
Contract negotiations are set to continue next week.
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