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Florida Constitution Revision Commission

PUB 700269: Education by Loyal Millett

ARTICLE IX: EDUCATION, Section 2. State board of education.

SECTION 2.State board of education.

The state board of education shall be a body corporate and have such supervision of the system of free public education as is provided by law. The state board of education shall consist of seven members appointed by the governor to staggered 4-year terms, subject to confirmation by the senate. The state board of education shall appoint the commissioner of education. The state board of education shall consist of nine members, of which one shall be elected from each appellate district by the electors thereof for staggered terms of six years; and the remaining members shall be appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by the senate, for staggered terms of four years. No elected member of the state board of education shall serve more than twelve years in any period of eighteen years.

ARTICLE IX: EDUCATION, Section 4. School districts; school boards.

SECTION 4.School districts; school boards.
  1. Each county shall constitute a school district; provided, two or more contiguous counties, upon vote of the electors of each county pursuant to law, may be combined into one school district. In each school district there shall be a school board composed of five or more members chosen by vote of the electors in a nonpartisan election for appropriately staggered terms of four years, as provided by law. No member of a school board shall serve more than eight years in any period of twelve years.
  2. The school board shall operate, control and supervise all free public schools within the school district and determine the rate of school district taxes within the limits prescribed herein. Two or more school districts may operate and finance joint educational programs.

ARTICLE IX: EDUCATION, Section 5. Superintendent of schools.

SECTION 5.Superintendent of schools.

In each school district there shall be a superintendent of schools who shall be elected at the general election in each year the number of which is a multiple of four for a term of four six years.; or, when provided by resolution of the district school board, or by special law, approved by vote of the electors, the district school superintendent in any school district shall be employed by the district school board as provided by general law. The resolution or special law may be rescinded or repealed by either procedure after four years. No superintendent of schools shall serve more than twelve years in any period of eighteen years.

ARTICLE IX: EDUCATION, New Section.

Catchline: State College System.

 

  1. PURPOSES. In order to achieve excellence through teaching students, advancing research and providing public service for the benefit of Florida's citizens, their communities and economies, the people hereby establish a system of governance for the state college system of Florida.
  2. STATE COLLEGE SYSTEM. There shall be a single state college system comprised of all public colleges. A board of directors shall administer each public college and a board of regents shall govern the state college system.
  3. LOCAL BOARDS OF DIRECTORS. Each local constituent college shall be administered by a board of directors consisting of thirteen members dedicated to the purposes of the state college system. The board of regents shall establish the powers and duties of the boards of directors. Each board of directors shall consist of six citizen members appointed by the governor and five citizen members appointed by the board of regents. The appointed members shall be confirmed by the senate and serve staggered terms of five years as provided by law. The chair of the faculty senate, or the equivalent, and the president of the student body of the college shall also be members.
  4. STATEWIDE BOARD OF REGENTS. The board of regents shall be a body corporate consisting of seventeen members. The board shall operate, regulate, control, and be fully responsible for the management of the whole college system. These responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to, defining the distinctive mission of each constituent college and its articulation with free public schools, ensuring the well-planned coordination and operation of the system, and avoiding wasteful duplication of facilities or programs. The board's management shall be subject to the powers of the legislature to appropriate for the expenditure of funds, and the board shall account for such expenditures as provided by law. The governor shall appoint to the board fourteen citizens dedicated to the purposes of the state college system. The appointed members shall be confirmed by the senate and serve staggered terms of seven years as provided by law. The commissioner of education, the chair of the advisory council of faculty senates, or the equivalent, and the president of the Florida student association, or the equivalent, shall also be members of the board.