PARKLAND, FL- Debbi Hixon never planned to run for the Broward County School Board. Hixon's life changed when she lost her husband, Chris, in the MSD tragedy in February 2018. After three decades of working in the school system and experiencing mounting frustrations, she was approached by a colleague about the idea of running for school board. She considered the idea for months and finally decided to throw her hat into the ring for Broward County School Board At-Large Seat 9 in 2020.
"Why not me? I've been in the system for a long time. I've spent 31 years of life caring about school, students, curriculum, teachers and pay. I'm truly passionate about making schools better for students, teachers, and staff," said Hixon.
As unexpected as Debbi Hixon's path toward a school board run has been, she already knows the school system well and has an understanding of what is needed to help.
"Teachers' pay needs to be better. We need to value the teachers and staff at school. People that directly teach students should make a good living. We need to have conversations about it. And the county has a hugely unequal distribution of resources," she says.
Some priorities Hixon lists are not just Broward priorities, but national priorities. "Safety is for everyone across the country. We need to prioritize safety; everyone needs it," she adds. " And our curriculum needs to prepare our students for the 21st century."
"We need positive improvement. The biggest concern I have is that we need to make teachers feel valued," says Hixon. "As a school board, we'll need to research and determine what the best paths are and take that path."
Hixon's run toward a seat in the 2020 school board election is summed up by her care for others. "We need to listen to concerns and determine what works for the school and students. My concern for them is why I decided to run."
For more information on Debbi Hixon's school board campaign, please visit her website here.