Breaking up is hard to do
Florida has some really big school districts - seven of the 25 largest in the country are here. But are they too big? Leaders in some communities think so, and they're pushing for the ability to split the largest ones into more manageable chunks. They suggest that the centralized control of a vast countywide system doesn't offer the best service for far-flung local communities. (Leaders in Temple Terrace, seeking to possibly break from Hillsborough County, testified on the merits of smaller districts last year.) The issue didn't gain traction in the Florida Legislature last year, but it's back. Tomorrow, the House K-12 education committee plans to discuss language for a bill that would give some districts the option to divide. Among the considerations would be the enrollment level at which voters could consider divorcing their school districts. Any thoughts?