Florida Lawmakers Suggest Breaking Up Big, Bureaucratic School Districts

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, for SouthFloridaReporter.com, Nov. 5, 2015 – Two Florida lawmakers want voters to decide whether countywide school districts like in Broward County are too big.

A proposed Constitutional Amendment would allow the Legislature to break up countywide districts.  It would also permit cities, the state or the county to create their own school districts.

State Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-Ste. Petersburg, and State Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-Fort Myers, introduced the proposed constitutional amendment.

If it passes the House and Senate by 60 percent, the amendment would be on a future statewide ballot.

The idea to break up the countywide school districts is not new in Broward.  It has been suggested in the past by politicians upset by the size, bureaucracy and lack of responsiveness of the countywide Broward County School System.