CRC - 2017 P 93 By Commissioner Martinez martinezr-00095A-17 201793__ 1 A proposal to amend 2 Section 4 of Article IX of the State Constitution to 3 authorize high-performing school districts to become 4 charter districts. 5 6 Be It Proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission of 7 Florida: 8 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; charter 14 districts.— 15 (a) Each county shall constitute a school district; 16 provided, two or more contiguous counties, upon vote of the 17 electors of each county pursuant to law, may be combined into 18 one school district. In each school district there shall be a 19 school board composed of five or more members chosen by vote of 20 the electors in a nonpartisan election for appropriately 21 staggered terms of four years, as provided by law. 22 (b) The school board shall operate, control and supervise 23 all free public schools within the school district and determine 24 the rate of school district taxes within the limits prescribed 25 herein. Two or more school districts may operate and finance 26 joint educational programs. 27 (c) Any high-performing school district may choose, by 28 resolution of a majority of the school board or a vote of the 29 electors of the county, to become a charter district. The school 30 board shall remain the governing board of the charter district 31 and the charter district is exempt from all provisions of the 32 Florida K-20 Education Code in the same manner, and is subject 33 to the same exemptions, as a charter school designated by 34 Florida law. After the school district’s initial designation as 35 a charter district, the district must maintain its status as a 36 high-performing school district so long as the district 37 maintains a performance grade of “B” or better for at least two 38 years within a three-year period; the district does not fall 39 below a performance grade of “C”; and the district’s financial 40 reserves do not fall below the state-required minimum. For 41 purposes of this subsection, the term “high-performing school 42 district” means a school district that has received a 43 performance grade of “B” or better for each of the last three 44 years before the district’s initial designation as a charter 45 district and has not had its financial reserves fall below the 46 state-required minimum for the previous three years before the 47 district’s initial designation as a charter district.