Here are some accomplishments:
SURE got commitments from the Superintendent to implement the Direct Instruction (DI)reading comprehension program in elementary schools where less than 50% of students were reading at grade level beginning in 2003. By 2004, because of DI, Sarasota schools saw huge gains in the number of children reading proficiently.
Crime and Drugs
SURE got the Sheriff to implement a comprehensive substance abuse rehabilitation program in the county jail in 2010. To date, this program has cut recidivism among drug and alcohol addicted offenders from 75% to 13%.
In 2016 SURE pressed local officials to secure 2.4 million over the course of three years for a Comprehensive Treatment Court. This court helps homeless people with mental illness get into 6 months of housing and wrap around services. This program currently serves 120 people per year.
This year, over 70% of eligible youth received a Civil Citation instead of arrest.
This year SURE asked Superintendent Todd Bowden to establish Restorative Practice pilot schools and training to reduce suspensions in elementary and secondary schools. Mr. Bowden agreed to implement these practices and training in the Sarasota Schools.
Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund:
Commissioner Hagen Brody agreed to champion SURE's Housing Opportunity Fund to make a motion at the city commission meeting on 4/15/19 to authorized staff to identify funding to reach the goal of $5 million in annual and dedicated funding for Housing Opportunity Fund and to receive a report back from staff by July 1st so that this funding can be included in the 2020 budget.