A Florida State Education Commissioner Amendment
did not make the November 6, 2012 state ballot
as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment
. The proposed measure called for changing the Florida Commissioner of Education
from an appointed office to an elected one.
The education position used to be an elected office but was changed in 1998 by voters. The position is now chosen by the State Board of Education.
Opponents of the proposal argued that schools have benefited from the 1998 change by voters.
Media editorial positions
- See also: 2012 ballot measure endorsements
- The Orlando Sentinel said, "Legislators would be wise to remember the 1998 election was a vote for strengthening state government, tuning up efficiency, and ensuring that an educator — not a politician — would run the state Department of Education...An elected education commissioner was a bad idea before. And it's a bad idea again for Florida's future."
Path to the ballot
- See also: Florida law for legislatively-referred constitutional amendments
In order to qualify for the November 2012 ballot the proposed amendment would have required approval by a minimum of 60% in the both the House and the Senate.