CRC - 2017                                                  P 82
       By Commissioner Heuchan
       heuchanb-00026B-17                                      201782__
    1                         A proposal to amend                       
    2         Section 4 of Article IX of the State Constitution to
    3         provide a limitation as to the opening date for
    4         schools set by a school board.
    6  Be It Proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission of
    7  Florida:
    9         Section 4 of Article IX of the State Constitution is
   10  amended to read:
   11                             ARTICLE IX                            
   12                              EDUCATION                            
   13         SECTION 4. School districts; school boards.—
   14         (a) Each county shall constitute a school district;
   15  provided, two or more contiguous counties, upon vote of the
   16  electors of each county pursuant to law, may be combined into
   17  one school district. In each school district there shall be a
   18  school board composed of five or more members chosen by vote of
   19  the electors in a nonpartisan election for appropriately
   20  staggered terms of four years, as provided by law.
   21         (b) The school board shall operate, control and supervise
   22  all free public schools within the school district and determine
   23  the rate of school district taxes within the limits prescribed
   24  herein. Two or more school districts may operate and finance
   25  joint educational programs.
   26         (c) A school board may not set the opening date for schools
   27  in the school district for earlier than seven days before Labor
   28  Day each year.