ISSUES: Bill to Shrink School Districts

The State of Florida is home to five of the country’s largest school districts, including Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties — but could they be too large? Proponents of a legislative bill say yes.

If approved by state legislators and voters, school districts as we know them, could fall under the governance of cities as opposed to counties – allowing more local control. Opponents argue this would cause a greater inequity between more affluent schools and schools in inner-city areas — a concern that killed a similar bill in 1998.

Which is best for our students?

Martha Barantovich, Ed.D., College of Education, Florida International University