Marc Broklawski is a father and computer scientist running to represent the Hartwood District on the Stafford County School Board. Born and raised in New York, Broklawski received his master’s degree in computer science and engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. After graduate school, he moved to Virginia to begin his career as a civilian computer scientist for the United States Navy. He lives with his wife, a public school teacher, and children in Stafford.
One of Broklawski’s top priorities is ensuring proper funding for schools and raising the per-pupil funding level. He points to underfunding as a cause for the district's high student-to-teacher ratio and would like to raise the budget contributions from the board of supervisors up to the local average, or higher. This would allow increased salaries across the board for teachers, administrators, and other staff. He emphasizes how increasing pay will greatly help address the district’s teacher shortage, allowing for reduced class sizes. He would also like to invest in more counselors and social workers to support students’ mental health needs.
Broklawski also prioritizes investment into school resources and infrastructure. He will work to ensure every teacher has access to the resources necessary to make their classroom conducive to learning. On infrastructure, he is particularly concerned with repairs to school buildings. He prioritizes repairs to ventilation systems in order to improve air quality, which is critical to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and to keep children with asthma and allergies safe from mold.
Broklawski does not support excessive standardized testing, taking issue with “teaching to the test.” He believes teachers are often limited by testing requirements. Broklawski also believes that recess is critical to childhood development and encourages access to unstructured recess time. Broklawski would also like to ensure the course offerings at each school are equitable and students at every school have access to accelerated learning and diverse course options. This includes ensuring that special education students have access to the support they need.
Broklawski also hopes to ensure Stafford County students are all properly prepared for working in the 21st century. He values Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and college programs equally and will work to ensure Stafford County graduates are prepared for every path following graduation. He hopes to build community partnerships to expand access to apprenticeship programs and trades for students. Broklawski also advocates for expanded access to broadband, emphasizing the technological inequities in rural areas.
Broklawski is running against Alyssa D. Halstead. Halstead has posted on social media that she does not support COVID-19 vaccinations. She also opposes government efforts to safely reopen schools during the pandemic. Halstead opposes teacher unions and believes that people migrate to the U.S. to take advantage of public assistance programs.
Due to his support for investment into school infrastructure and teachers, decreasing standardized testing, and increasing opportunities for higher education, Broklawski is the most progressive choice in this race.Last updated: 2021-09-15Marc Broklawski is a father and computer scientist running to represent the Hartwood District on the Stafford County School Board. Born and raised in New York, Broklawski received his master’s degree in computer science and engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.Marc Broklawski is a father and computer scientist running to represent the Hartwood District on the Stafford County School Board. Born and raised in New York, Broklawski received his master’s degree in computer science and engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
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