CRC - 2017 P 71 By Commissioner Donalds donaldse-00088A-17 201771__ 1 A proposal to amend 2 Section 4 of Article IX of the State Constitution to 3 specify that the Legislature is authorized to enact 4 general laws providing alternative processes to 5 authorize the establishment of charter schools in the 6 state. 7 8 Be It Proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission of 9 Florida: 10 11 Section 4 of Article IX of the State Constitution is 12 amended to read: 13 ARTICLE IX 14 EDUCATION 15 SECTION 4. School districts; school boards.— 16 (a) Each county shall constitute a school district; 17 provided, two or more contiguous counties, upon vote of the 18 electors of each county pursuant to law, may be combined into 19 one school district. In each school district there shall be a 20 school board composed of five or more members chosen by vote of 21 the electors in a nonpartisan election for appropriately 22 staggered terms of four years, as provided by law. 23 (b) The school board shall operate, control, and supervise 24 all free public schools within the school district and determine 25 the rate of school district taxes within the limits prescribed 26 herein. Two or more school districts may operate and finance 27 joint educational programs. Nothing herein may be construed to 28 limit the legislature from creating alternative processes to 29 authorize the establishment of charter schools within the state 30 by general law.