Florida State Education Commissioner Amendment (2012)

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A Florida State Education Commissioner Amendment did not make the November 6, 2012 state ballot in Florida 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.[1]

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.[1]

Opponents of the proposal argued that schools have benefited from the 1998 change by voters.[1]

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."[2]

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.

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