This afternoon shortly after 1:00PM in Tallahassee-a committee will decide the future of a proposed Senate Bill that would eliminate salaries for elected school board members in Florida.
The committee will be comprised of three Republicans and One Democrat. A 2-2 vote will stop this bill in its tracks. With a 3-1 vote, the bill moves forward.
The author of the bill, a lame duck serving his last term in the Senate, apparently has an issue with part-time elected constitutional officers earning a salary (except for part-time legislators like himself, part time city councilmembers, part time county commissioners, part time utility board members, etc.--which are all apparently okay to receive a state paycheck for part-time service in this senator's opinion)
This Senator (that many do not take seriously, by the way) apparently has a long standing beef with the executive director of the state school boards association--and now that this senator will term limit out and is a LAME DUCK, the word is that this bill is an attempt at settling a score on his way out the door.
If true, what a petty, small minded, and weak way to get even.
But the unintended consequences of this bill are huge. This bill will consolidate power 100% to superintendents around the state, with no real backstop to challenge their every proposal. A volunteer board simply will not have the credibility and/or courage to challenge anything a superintendent (elected or appointed) puts forth. Example--"Superintendent Recommendation--today will be the sky is purple day. School Board votes 5-0 to accept the purple sky recommendation, adjourned"
A volunteer board will not attract the same caliber of person, period. Slowly, statewide, boards will lose talented individuals that will seek employment elsewhere.
Let's just put the Booster Clubs in charge.
But this Senator will get his jab in the backs of the 355 Sitting School Board members as he walks out the door, while he collects a STATE PENSION for his many years on the public dole, the last 14 of which have been as a PAID, part-time, legislator working 2 months per year.
What a hypocritical piece of work this guy is.
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