Wednesday, November 21, 2018

How did all those Florida school board races turn out?

One item Floridians didn't get to vote for on Nov. 6 was term limits for school board members.

The Florida Supreme Court removed that proposal before it got on the ballot.

During debate on the concept at the Constitution Revision Commission, Florida School Boards Association officials said the change wasn't necessary. Turnover occurred regularly and naturally, they said.

Were they right in this election cycle?

A review of results shows that 290 school board seats were up for consideration across the state. Of those, 53 incumbents, or 18 percent, did not seek another term.

Eighteen incumbents lost in their primary, and seven lost in their general election. That's another 9 percent.

Seventy-three incumbents, or 25 percent, were reelected without opposition. Fifty-three new board members, or 18 percent, also were elected without opposition.

All elected board members will take their oath of office in the next two weeks.

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