By TMO Stringer
One up and coming Muslim may soon join the Plymouth-Canton school board. Abdul Latif Muhiuddin, known to Muslims as â€œMuhiâ€ and to the electorate as â€œAbdul Muhiuddinâ€ is one of the 14 candidates remaining in the race for November 8thâ€™s election to the board.
16 candidates began the race and 14 of them remain, vying for four seats on the school board, unpaid positions with three incumbents in the mix.
Muhiuddin won the MEA endorsement after appearing at a panel discussion where MEA staff interviewed the 16 candidates and asked them all the same questions.
Muhiuddin explains that only one of the incumbents in the race was endorsed by the MEA; the other two were not.
While this is a somewhat intimidating field, the candidate explained in an interview with TMO that â€œbeing endorsed by the Michigan Education Association I have a really good chance,â€ explaining that the MEA comprises unions of teachers, food services workers, cleaning services, bus drivers, â€œa large network, and with their supportâ€ absentee ballots were mailed out.
About 2700 absentee ballots, Muhiuddin explains, have already been turned in, therefore his name likely is already among the frontrunners in the election.
Muhiuddin spoke to Ghalib Begg, another prominent Muslim who was elected to a local school board, and was advised by other Muslims as well. â€œIt was helpful in getting motivated and getting my strategy together.â€
He emphasizes the strong skillsets that the Muslim community has to offer to the school board, especially tutoring services and bilingual services that Muslims could volunteer to offer to the school system.
Emphasizing his ability to contribute, Muhiuddin points to his past experience working with ISPU, which gave him to understand the alternative means of funding that are available that might support the Plymouth-Canton school system beyond the amount the system wins from the state.
â€œWe can supplement funding from the state budget, going to foundations, corporations (which have philanthropic sectors); we can apply for grants, whether for special ed or for vocational training or teacher resources to enhance existing resources.â€ As evidence that this plan may work, Muhiuddin cites a recent donation by GM of $31 million to the United Way to support its educational efforts.
â€œI wanted to go let people know what my views on issues were, and why I wanted to get involved. I received warm feedback, and some criticism as well. I want to get involved in the local community.â€
To learn more: tinyurl.com/muhionlineresume; facebook.com/friendsformuhi; twitter.com/criendsformuhi. 855-411-MUHI.