Happy August, District 89!
Last month I went on a very meaningful trip to Russia and Poland where I visited the concentration camps of Aushwitz and Berkinau. It was planned long in advance of the legislature passing, and the Governor signing, HB 741: Anti-Semitism this last session, a bill that I was honored to sponsor. But it was especially meaningful to me because in my opinion, Florida had just set a precedent for working to eradicate hate and anti-semitism in our state through our public school system. On my way home I learned about the email exchange with the principal at Spanish River High School and realized we still have much work to do.
There have been many meetings with the Superintendent related to the state legislation that says the Holocaust must be taught in our schools, including with spiritual and educational leaders in our community. Last week I went to Tallahassee and met with Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran and the Executive Director of the Holocaust Education Resources Council, Barbara Goldstein, to ensure that going forward the state oversight is tightened so that this never happens again. Next week I will be meeting again with Superintendent Fennoy and a few others to discuss the 25 year old law that mandated this education and what we can to do to make it better, perhaps in the next legislative session. If you have specific questions or suggestions on this subject I would like to hear from you. You can call my office or simply reply to this email.
It’s been a busy month in the district, with visits from Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried. Chief Patronis and I met in Delray Beach to discuss sober homes and insurance issues, two very important and always timely topics in District 89. Commissioner Fried was in Boynton Beach to visit Feeding South Florida to discuss food insecurity and afterwards we packed boxes to deliver to families in need. I enjoyed welcoming our cabinet members to Palm Beach County!
Last month I also I joined Singer Island Commissioner Botel at her quarterly meeting to discuss the Lake Worth Lagoon, visited The Carlisle in Lantana to meet with residents, and had office visits from a number of constituents. I am incredibly grateful for the participation of our community and care put forth by other elected officials to have a cooperative partnership in District 89.
I expect August to be another busy month but stay tuned for community events coming up near you!
As always, it is my honor to represent you in the Florida House. If ever I may be of service, please do not hesitate to contact me.