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Gradebook podcast: Supporting Amendment 8, with Erika Donalds of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission

Donalds, who sponsored the proposal, is leading the campaign in favor of the controversial proposal.
Collier School Board member Erika Donalds promoted three amendments to alter the governance of Florida's school districts at the Nov. 27, 2017, Florida Constitution Revision Education Committee meeting. [The Florida Channel]
Published Jul. 26, 2018

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission is asking voters to support a three-pronged amendment to change three areas of education-related law — school board term limits, civics education, and state authorization of public schools.

Its proposal, Amendment 8, faces a legal challenge to remain on the November ballot from the League of Women Voters, which contends the title and summary are misleading. CRC sponsor Erika Donalds, who is leading the Amendment 8 campaign, talks with reporter Jeff Solochek about why she thinks the attacks miss the point.

She says the most controversial part, which would allow the Legislature to set up different schooling models outside the purview of local school boards, really doesn't do anything besides grant lawmakers some authority. "This is going to require a huge effort by the Legislature to implement," Donalds said. "It's not automatic."

Hear also our podcast on the subject from last week, Fighting Amendment 8, with Florida League of Women Voters president Patricia Brigham.