This 2019 session, the Florida Legislature has introduced HJR 229 in the House and SJR 274 in the Senate for term limits on Florida school boards.
The House resolution has passed the Florida House PreK-12 Quality subcommittee (14-0). The Oversight, Transparency and Public Mgt subcommittee passed (11-4). Next stop is the House Education Committee.
The Senate resolution passed in the Florida Senate Ethics Committee. It will soon be scheduled for its next committee hearing.
BENEFITS OF 8-YEAR TERM LIMITS ON SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS
- Term limits foster regular, open-seat elections.
- Term limits encourage independence by the school board, as term limits will regularly sever the relationships that grow between special interests and incumbent board members.
- Term limits improve citizen access to the process, encourage candidates to run for office and work on meaningful campaigns, and increase voter participation in elections.
- Term limits encourage new faces and fresh ideas. Incumbent members often have their heels dug in over past political battles or are wedded to the special interests they have relied on for reelection.
- Term limits mandate rotation in office which expands the circle of citizens with intimate knowledge of how the school board works.
- Term limits encourage transparency and discourage corruption.
Term Limits create a level playing field between the School Board and Florida’s other political offices, most of which have an eight-year term limit.