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UTD President Mats endorses Modesto Abety for Raquel Regaldo's District 6 Seat

As an activist, I am not in a position to endorse or not endorse individuals who run for office.

My goal is to educate - and yes influence through education - but I want teachers to reach their own conclusions because they analyzed information for themselves - not because I persuaded them to think like me. I am certain you can respect that.

In contrast, UTD President, Karla Mats, is hoping to sway you in a particular direction.

She wants you to vote for Modesto Abety.

In light of the fact that it was pointed out that President Mats also supports Senator Manny Diaz de la Portilla, who is helping to roll out charter schools, that should give you an inkling as to where her and the union's political agenda serve to drive public education: SOUTH!

I will again share this article for you to read about the Children's Trust which alludes to the reason why Modesto Abety "retired" from his position as the President/CEO of the Children's Trust.

I also take this opportunity to remind you that James Haj, a MDCPS Board employee magically left his position as Chief Negotiator for MDCPS after publicly admitting that Florida Statute 1012.22 was, in fact, violated, thus removing teachers from the grandfathered salary or failing to pay performance pay. Well, today, Mr. Haj is the CEO of the Children's Trust.

There is a reason "all in bed together" was conjured up by someone someday.

You follow where this is all going. I hope.

Today, a friend sent me this press release:

For Immediate Release

Mo Abety Endorsed by UTD in his campaign for School Board Dist. 6

Abety campaign secures key education support

Miami, Fla. – Modesto “Mo” Abety announced today that his campaign for School Board District 6 has been endorsed by the United Teachers of Dade.

Karla Hernandez-Mats, President of UTD, said, “We are excited to announce our endorsement of Mo Abety. He has continuously proven his commitment to putting Florida’s education first. Having worked closely with kids, families, and faculty for more than four decades, we are confident in his ability to bring positive changes to our School Board. We look forward to electing a candidate who can offer first-hand experience on the issues that affect us as a community, and will put teachers, students and families first.”

Mo Abety shared, “I am so grateful to have the United Teachers of Dade with me on this journey. Together we believe in building parental and community responsibility for the children, and are putting their trust in me to be a strong advocate on the Miami-Dade County School Board. Our children deserve the highest quality public education, and I’m ready to bring my four decades of experience both on The Children’s Trust and in public service to fighting for our children, parents, and teachers."


Mo Abety has dedicated his life’s work to ensuring our children have the resources they need to succeed. As the former President & CEO of The Children’s Trust, he has earned the trust of parents, advocates and community leaders for his dedication to the well-being, safety, health and education of our children. Mo's leadership skills and passionate child advocacy has been recognized by President Barack Obama who appointed him to The White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Earlier this year, Abety received the state's top award for service on behalf of Florida's youth when he received the Chiles Advocacy Award for his integrity, dedication and commitment to improving the lives of Florida's children and their families. Mo is a proud father to his daughter, Raquel and grandfather to Isabella and Gabriel.


If you live in District 6 make sure you take not only yourself but all your neighbors to vote.

In fact, if I lived in District 6, I would undertake a massive door-to-door campaign.

If you don't, they will.

We could use an ally on that Board, don't ya think?

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