Florida Senate - 2016                                    SJR 734
       By Senator Brandes
       22-00894A-16                                           2016734__
    1                       Senate Joint Resolution                     
    2         A joint resolution proposing an amendment to Section 4
    3         of Article IX of the State Constitution to provide
    4         that a school district may be established or abolished
    5         as provided by law and to provide for the election or
    6         designation of a school board.
    8  Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   10         That the following amendment to Section 4 of Article IX of
   11  the State Constitution is agreed to and shall be submitted to
   12  the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next
   13  general election or at an earlier special election specifically
   14  authorized by law for that purpose:
   15                             ARTICLE IX                            
   16                              EDUCATION                            
   17         SECTION 4. School districts; school boards.—
   18         (a) As provided by general or special law, any contiguous
   19  area of the state, whether a each county or a municipality, may
   20  shall constitute a school district; provided, two or more
   21  contiguous counties, upon vote of the electors of each county
   22  pursuant to law, may be combined into one school district.
   23         (b)In Each school district shall be governed by a school
   24  board. there shall be A school board shall be composed of five
   25  or more members chosen by vote of the electors in an a
   26  nonpartisan election for appropriately staggered terms of four
   27  years, as provided by law, unless, by general or special law,
   28  the governing body of a county or municipality constitutes the
   29  school board.
   30         (b) The school board shall operate, control, and supervise
   31  all free public schools within the school district and determine
   32  the rate of school district levies taxes within the limits
   33  prescribed herein. Two or more school districts may operate and
   34  finance joint educational programs.
   35         (c) A school district may be abolished by general or
   36  special law. The operation, control, and supervision of all free
   37  public schools within a school district abolished pursuant to
   38  this subsection shall be prescribed by general or special law,
   39  and the determination of the rate of school district levies in
   40  such an abolished school district shall be prescribed pursuant
   41  to general law.
   42         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following statement be
   43  placed on the ballot:
   44                      CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT                     
   45                        ARTICLE IX, SECTION 4                      
   46         SCHOOL DISTRICTS; SCHOOL BOARDS.—Proposing an amendment to
   47  the State Constitution to authorize any contiguous area of the
   48  state to constitute a school district; provide for selection of
   49  school board by partisan or nonpartisan election or designation
   50  of county or municipal governing body; provide that a school
   51  district may be abolished by law; and provide that operation,
   52  control, and supervision of public schools, and determination of
   53  school district levies, within an abolished school district
   54  shall be prescribed by law.