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Proposed: Florida Constitutional Amendment 8 School Board Term Limits; Allow State to Operate Non-Board Established Schools; Civic Literacy Amendment (2018)

Amendment 8: By order of the Florida Supreme Court, NO. 8 CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION (Ballot title: School Board Term Limits and Duties; Public Schools) is removed from the 2018 General Election Ballot. See SC18-1368. The numbering for the remaining proposed amendments will not change and will appear on the ballot as currently numbered.

Ballot summary: Florida Amendment 8, the School Board Term Limits, Allow State to Operate Non-Board Established Schools, and Civic Literacy Amendment, is not on the ballot in Florida as a commission referral on November 6, 2018.[1]

Florida voters could face twelve different proposed amendments to the state Constitution on Nov. 6 – one of the longest lists ever. The amendments include complex changes to tax policy, banning offshore oil drilling and greyhound racing, expanding gambling, automatically restoring voting rights for ex-felons, setting new rules on lobbying, and whether Florida should ban vaping in public places.

Some of the amendments “bundle” several different ideas into one, meaning voters may be forced to vote for something they don’t like in order to approve something they want, or vice versa. (Three of the amendments are mired in a legal challenge that’s before the Florida Supreme Court)

What it’s about?

A "yes" vote would have:

• Established a term limit of eight consecutive years for school board members.

• Allowed the state government to operate, supervise, and control public schools not established by the school board;

• Required the legislature to promote civic literacy in public education.

A "no" vote would have opposed:

• Establishment of a term limit of eight consecutive years for school board members

• Allowing the state government to operate, supervise, and control public schools not established by the school board

• Requiring the legislature to promote civic literacy in public education

The Court Took This Mess off the Ballot

On August 20, 2018, Amendment 8 was blocked from the ballot by a court ruling that stated the ballot title and ballot summary were misleading. The state appealed the ruling, and the Florida Supreme Court agreed to hear the case.

On September 7, 2018, the Supreme Court upheld the lower court's ruling and ordered the amendment to be kept from the ballot.

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